Advocacy & Safety - Are you can active cycling advocate?
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01-03-06, 12:49 PM
Are you can active cycling advocate in your local community?
I introduce young people to cycling...which is not just riding a bicycle.
Specifically, I am a counselor for Bicycling Merit Badge for Scouts. We ride a total of 150 miles over seven rides.
Along the way they learn traffic laws and the laws as they pertain to cyclists.
We learn about the common cycling injuries and how to treat them.
We fix flats and learn how to fit the bike to the rider correctly.
Most importantly, we have a lot of fun. Many of the Scouts return for more rides, even after they have earned the Merit Badge.
01-03-06, 02:20 PM
No, because in my opinion using a bicycle as my daily transportation in Los Angeles is advocacy enough.
01-03-06, 02:26 PM
We have no cycling advocacy groups in Columbus. We have a bike group that lobbies for bike lanes, but they are only interested in members who want bike lanes on all 25 mph roads.
I am active in my city's bike advisory board, and I am a member of my state cyclist organization (http://www.ohiobike.org).
01-03-06, 02:31 PM
I'm not part of any local biking groups or anything, I'm just a dude that told GWB, terrorist scumballs, and the oil cartel to smooch me where my saddle is.
I simply get out there and ride. And if someone complains about the traffic or how much that car is costing, I just say "There's a cheap and effective solution, you know. You just need to grow enough spine to use it." Then I ride into the sunset on my trusty cro-mo steed. :D either they'll get the point or they'll think I'm nuts. Oh well, can't make the horse drink, and it's way hard to make the gas junkie kick the habit while their drug of choice is too cheap...
Staff at the city and county level are aware that I ride. Occasionally I will have a chat about cycling. That's about it for advocacy except that I consider myself a well behaved, polite and for the most part, legal cyclist.
I'm actually a paid intern at my advocacy group, so it's a big part of my life.
I wouldn't mind participating in cycling advocacy, but every group I've heard anything about was promoting very little cycling advocacy, and a lot of other leftwing positions that I don't support.
Yes. I ride my bicycle every day.
I'm in the same group as Serge (San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and California Bicycle Coalition). The victories both have been able to achieve demonstrate the power of a group.
01-04-06, 11:29 PM
No, not really, the only form of "advocacy" I do is to casually mention that I ride my bike everywhere, and that it sure beats having to pay for petrol, car parking, tolls, expensive repairs, etc, whenever a family member, friend, workmate, or anyone else for that matter moans about any aforementioned things.
01-05-06, 02:03 AM
I advocate by driving my bicycle in traffic as a vehicle. One of my goals for 2006 is to identify concrete ways to improve cycling in this town and then to start lobbying the city council/county commission to make any necessary changes. And to find like-minded individuals to help me with same.
(If you read this and live in or near Statesville/Iredell County, please PM me).
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