Does your area have a local advocacy group?
Yes.Do you go the meetings?
I have attended 2 of their quarterly evening meetings and one picnic.Are you a member? Regular or board?
Regular.How often are your meetings?
Once a month.How often do you go?
Once a quarter or less.How far is the meeting location from your home? Work?
The regular meeting is about 6 miles from my office, but they have it at noon so it's hard for me to attend. The quarterly meetings are held at a different restaurant each time at dinner time, much farther away but easier to get to on time.What form of transport do you usually use to get there? If not bike, why?
Bike. Seems sacrilegious not to.About how many people show up to a typical meeting?
I don't know how many attend the regular meetings, but the quarterly ones have about 30 or 40.About how many of them (number/percent) arrive by bike?
The vast majority.What kind of cyclist are you primarily... order these by priority:
It's all the same to me: commuter/utilitarian/recreational. What I am not is racing or mountain biker.About what percent of the time at typical meetings (average over a year) is spent on fhe following topics:
* General road issues (not specific to bike-specific facilities)
* Bike specific facilities
* Bike Ed
* Planning reviews
They always have an agenda and they go quite quickly through it (not a lot of bs, in other words). Things on the agenda typically include:
- Up-coming ballot measures or election issues,
- general road issues that affect cycling (road maintenance on the bike path, road or bike path work at UCSB, road striping, road construction, etc), the new bike station they are building, new bike paths they are building, etc
- discussion of possible or actual social programs involving bikes such as build-a-bike programs, giving away lights, etc,
- bike kitchens, bike ovens, etc,
- discussion of recent and future Cyclesmart classes,
- discussion of various city council meetings where there may be a possibility to effect or prevent some change to bike accessibility,
- discussion of events such as picnics, bike races, bike tours, bike rides, critical mass, or whatever is coming up whether it be professional or open to everyone,
- open discussion of whatever,
- and we usually have some cross-pollination with some members belonging to other groups so we get input from multiple sides of the issues, as well as heads-up when something is coming up that the bicycle coalition needs to be a part of.