I have an idea that I want to run past the BF folks. Where I live (Mississippi Gulf Coast), I see quite a few bicycle riders (I won't call them cyclists, because that implies, to my mind at least, a higher level of involvement other than riding a bicycle), many of whom are a) minorities, b) riding in unsafe fashion, and c) generally giving the cyclists around here a bad PR (it's always the few bad apples that spoil it for everyone). I was thinking of doing a little guerilla advocacy/activism. By that I mean when I'm out riding and I see someone doing something unsafe (say riding against the flow of traffic) to stop them, talk with them in a friendly tone and give them a copy of this, as well as a copy of the MS Code that applies to bicycles, to help educate them. Also, if I see someone on the side of the road who needs help (like a broken chain), offer to help (if I can). In general, just reach out to those bicycle riders who may be the type to join a bicycling club but are obviously the ones who can most benefit from knowing the rules of the road.
Any one try this before? If so, how successful/unsuccessful was it? Am I overstepping my bounds or being proactive? Thoughts, suggestions, constructive criticism welcomed.