September-October 2007 Newsletter
by Andy Clarke, Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists
Bridge to Bicycle-Friendly Louisville
Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the League of American
Bicyclists, flew in to Louisville to speak at the Memorial Ride
for Chips Cronen, August 12, 2007. His remarks follow.
Riding a bicycle is such a simple pleasure. The environmental,
health, energy and traffic benefits of bicycling are clear and we
know that as individuals and as a community that we would be better
off if more people rode bicycles more often. Chips Cronen knew that.
Chips Cronen also knew that riding a bicycle isnít without risk
and that cyclists, motorists and every user of our streets and
highways must always rely on each other to share the road together.
He was a safe rider, a strong rider, and he loved to ride. So, our
hearts go out to the Cronen family and to Chipís friends and fellow
cyclists as we remember him [today].
The Chips Cronen Memorial Ride is an extraordinary response to an
awful tragedy. The ride rightly honors Chipsí life; it demonstrates
the strength of the bicycling community and the bonds that tie us
together; and the ride powerfully demonstrates that good can sometimes
come from even the worst of circumstances.
We commend Mayor Abramson, the Metro Louisville government, and the
Louisville Bicycle Club ó and especially Ed Tonini ó for seizing
this moment to make Louisville a better, safer community for
bicyclists and for your courage and determination to ensure tragedies
like this do not happen again. Your commitment to making Louisville a
truly Bicycle-Friendly Community is so impressive and the legacy of
this day and of Chips Cronen will be a better, stronger, and safer
Let me emphasize this last point. Making Louisville a better and
safer community for bicyclists is about much more than just doing a
few good things for bicycling. A community where people can safely
bicycle is a community where people want to live and raise their
families. A community where cyclists and motorists truly share the
road is one where it is also safe to cross the street, to walk to
school, as well as to ride a bike and to drive.
I am honored to represent the League of American Bicyclists, our
300,000 affiliated members in bicycle clubs across the country, and
the tens of millions of Americans who get on a bike and ride each
year, at the Chips Cronen Memorial Ride. I am humbled by the courage
of the Cronen family and friends. And I will always remember Chips
The League of American Bicyclists is based in Washington, DC.
Visit www.bikeleague.org for
more information. Or contact 571-213-5422.
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