Seems that there's a lot of emphasis on advocacy being pretty much only about the interaction between drivers and cyclists. Whether or not they kill us. Who needs more education. etc.
Well, I'd like to thank the local advocacy group in my area, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, for all their hard work. Because of all their advocacy...
- I was able to send the city a request for street maintenance and my request was fulfilled within 2 weeks
- I get to enjoy traffic signals that can detect my bike
- There are decent bike lanes and paths in my city
- Almost all new development has to include a promise for some sort of bike/pedestrian accomodation (now if they can get all the promises fulfilled...)
- The city will repaint bike lanes if they don't meet the standards (such as if they put bikes to the right of right turn lanes)
- I stay informed of new developments so that I can be sure to send a letter so my cyclist voice is heard and they don't build something without considering cyclist needs
Because of the excellent advocacy, I live in a place where lots of people cycle, and most of the time it's pretty nice. I would like to see more education of motorists, but because they do so much education of city planners, things are a lot better than they might be if it's just fend for yourselves out there.