as most of you know, gracie and i ride our bike to her preschool on a somewhat-regular basis. in fact, we try to ride the bike everywhere we go: to the store, to church, to the park, etc. one of the biggest reasons we purchased a house in the neighborhood we chose was because it appeared bikeable to most places.
but it's come to our attention pretty quickly that our town is NOT a bike-friendly town. little to no bike lanes, VERY FEW crosswalks, extra-wide roads which only encourage motorists to drive faster (rather than creating extra space for bikes), etc.
fortunately, it doesn't have to be this way. on monday, march 22 at 7 pm at the civic center, there will be a meeting to hear what you, the concerned citizens of our fair city, have to say about how we can improve bike and pedestrian access throughout the city. our ideas will be recorded and presented to city council, and will help to generate change in our community. this is an especially auspicious time for change because of the new light rail system which will soon be coming to town, in addition to proposed bike lanes and increased bus traffic to/from the new light rail station and the university, circling downtown. in addition, federal transportation secretary ray lahood spoke this week about integrating more alternative-transportation into our national infrastructure:
"This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized. We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally-funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians."
you can read more on his blog at
my point is this: COME TO THE MEETING ON MONDAY!!! city council tends to think that the only people riding bikes in this city are hippie students. though they do exist on our streets, i have found that a vast majority of cyclists tend to be people just like me: parents and homeowners, who are dedicated to this town and who WANT to teach their children a better, gentler way of living on this planet. if people like me (people like YOU!) don't come to the meeting, then city council will continue to think that the only people who care about bike lanes are students, who don't pay taxes and who don't vote and who are only "passing through" on their way to graduation.
(they deserve bike lanes too, but you get what i'm trying to say here...)
COME TO THE MEETING! gracie and i will both attend, and even if we can't stay until the end, i at least want them to see our presence there. will you join me?
thanks for your support!