Be Bike Friendly

January 10, 2011

Riding in the snow

Filed under: Advocacy — Tags: , , , — admin @ 4:55 pm

For anyone that thinks riding a bike in the snow is not an option you should rethink the possibility.

Today Atlanta is under siege from 4-6 inches of snow and ice. The city and surrounding areas aren’t use to the white stuff and people in little 2 wheel drive sports cars are trying to drive in the freezing ice and snow. Makes you want to own a body shop, momentarily. As I was at the gym this morning the raoming news reporter was beside herself as she found a person commuting on his bike. He wasn’t the completely serious cyclists, but an average citizen that needed to get somewhere and chose his bike to do so. His ride was a standard fat tire version and maneuvered quite well.

Even my son and his friend took to their bikes to get to the local hill to sled. Having the choice is what most advocates are all about. Most of us have motor vehicles and drive as needed for life’s adventures, but want everyone to have a “safe” option to choose a bicycle for their mode of transportation.

Do you ride in the snow? How often and where?

January 9, 2011

Bike Lanes Create More Jobs Per $1 Million spent

Filed under: Advocacy,Bicycle Friendly — Tags: , , , — admin @ 3:34 pm

Read the latest report featured on the American League of Bicyclists’ blog.
The report explains how spending $1 million on bike lane projects create more jobs than other road projects.

The case study done using Baltimore showed that the project to create bike lanes and associated infrastructure is more labor intensive and less costly in materials, thus creating more jobs.

Read the LAB blog full story here:

February 13, 2010

Education – Teach Me to Ride?

Filed under: Advocacy,Education — admin @ 8:01 am

I am always amazed how in the cycling community how they are quick to point their fingers internally at other riders as to the problem with motorist and their complaints.  Really now, are the motorists complaining more because someone ran a stop sign (like the do) or is it because we are there in the first place?

Do I rally need to be taught how to ride?  I drive a car and was never required to go to class.  Today’s youth are strongly encouraged to go to class, but it isn’t required everywhere.  If I were to look at who to teach, I would start with the motorists.  Why?  Because 99% of all riders drive a car.  So when teaching a motorist what to do and expect from a person on a bicycle you are also teaching the driving cyclist how they should ride.

Teach me to ride? Or educate the motorists?

Eric The Cyclist

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