Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How we can make a difference

Mark Blacknell, WABA Board President and Patch author of Clarendon Cycles, wrote a nice article on the Fairfax Bike Summit, Making a Difference, One Cyclist at a Time. He focused on the talk by FABB's Fionnuala Quinn, Growing Cycling in Fairfax.
Getting safe cycling into school system education, getting transportation departments to build safe roads — that’s all important. But it often requires a lot of time, patience and the cooperation of large groups to accomplish. So what difference can one person make? Ms. Quinn had the answer for that question, distributing a flier that suggested actions that individuals can take to grow cycling. I'd thought — and written — about a lot of these ideas, but it was fantastic to see them all distilled into one sheet of paper.
The ideas from Fionnuala's talk:
  • Be a role model by biking to the store/work/school
  • Be a bike buddy to a family member, neighbor, co-worker
  • Organize an informal ride group
  • Pay attention to local planning and transportation decisions
  • Submit bike parking suggestions in local business comment boxes
  • Attend public meetings & speak up
  • Support your local, regional and national bike advocacy organizations
  • Let elected officials know that you care about bike infrastructure
  • Let schools know that you care about safe biking & bike education
  • Learn local biking rules and regulations
  • Especially support teens in your life to stick with biking
  • Expect good design and give thoughtful input on the built world
  • Be a self-appointed Fairfax Bike Ambassador

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