I was just wondering if and how LBSs and the city government can work together to create more bike-friendly cities?
Maybe bike shops can help promote/sponsor information/seminars on local bike laws and riding techniques, the best streets for biking around town, upcoming road construction as it relates to bicycling, etc. These things might help bicyclists perform better on the road and make the streets safer and more efficient for everyone.
Bike shops could also be a place to air grievances and discuss issues that could be brought to the city's attention with stronger force than a single rider or a bike organization (whose members might not include many students or those who just don't have the time or energy to join the organization).
I think these things woud help the city create and maintain better bike routes, thereby helping the flow of traffic and increasing safety for everyone.
In return, the city could provide more bicycling resources like bike lanes and locks and bike registration in conjunction with the LBS. Maybe they could give the LBS money to sponsor the previously-mentioned events, or be more willing to hold bike-oriented events (races, bike to work day, etc).
Is anyone already doing something like this? More ideas or suggestions? Comments?