November's Bicycle Summit: Advocacy Mattersby , LBC VP Advocacy
With the increase in gasoline prices, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people using their bicycles. Louisville has made a lot of progress in becoming a “bicycle friendly” town, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Got any great ideas? If you want a chance to be heard, mark your calendar now for November 6, 7 and 8, 2008. That’s when Louisville’s second Bicycle Summit will take place. It will be open to all who wish to attend. Start thinking about suggestions and solutions now. We need your input.
Another way you can support bicycle advocacy is simple: Ride your bike! Not just for recreation, but also for trips to the store or work. Studies show that the more that motorists see cyclists in the traffic mix, the more they come to expect us. Since we tend to see what we expect to see, more riders mean more safety for all of us.
Of course, it will be far better if motorists see us obeying traffic laws. When you blow through a traffic light or stop sign, you give motorists ammunition to support the belief that we are not responsible users of our streets and roads. Unfortunately, that attitude, recently expressed in the Courier-Journal, is all to common. Let’s do our part to “share the road.”
(The Bicycle Summit was postponed to Feb. 12, 2009 - Ed.)
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