|Strength in numbers!!||Cima Coppi|
Aug 3, 2001 9:55 AM
|In light of the many discussions regarding safety for cyclists with vehicle traffic, its time cyclists began to really enlighten those with authority to our cause. It's obvious that even though the laws in every state allow for cyclists to legally ride on the road with motor traffic, state and local governments are not providing of with a safe environment to do so. The shoulders we are advised to use are often littered with debris that causes flats and otherwise endangers our ability to ride. This often forces us to ride in the lane of traffic, further putting our safety at risk. In my city, where growth is a major issue, bike lanes are a rarity, and all new roads or roads that have been widened still do not have bike lanes painted on them. This means there are more vehicles on the road, and more danger to cyclists as a direct result. |
In order for us to raise awareness, we need to combine our resources to help lobby groups friendly to our cause. If enough cyclists raise this awareness, the politicians will begin to listen, and maybe then something can be done. I liken this to the bumper sticker "If the people lead, then the leaders will follow". Unfortunately, as we all well know, the way to a politician's heart is through his/her wallet. Lobby groups need money to help their cause. I have joined a cycling awareness lobby group in my city, and I contribute to their funding, and I urge you to do the same if one exists.
Only then can we really begin to show our leaders the benefits cycling has to offer. Its good for the environment, it reduces traffic congestion, etc. Ultimately, we are the controllers of the future of our wonderful sport. Lets not let other groups take that away from us.
Aug 3, 2001 11:39 AM
|I agree, in DC we have just reacquired a bicycle/pedestrian coordinator that is a liason with the local gov. The next thing on their list is to stripe ten miles of bike lanes per year for the next 5 years, and it looks like they are going through with it. It also helps that are Mayor is a Campagnolo guy.
Maybe others could press for a like position in their county, city, or state gov.