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Sunday, November 19, 2006
HOW TO GET A BIKE LANE
Riding a bike in traffic is a perilous journey. Safe and well planned bike lanes can get you from point A to point B in a secure fashion. Not all local and national governments seem to agree on this or don't think that it is necessary. Like any other change that can be done by the people we put in power, the only way to get things done is by letting them know what we want. Sometimes just asking is sufficient, I know this by working for a government body. Elected and public officials don't have all the answers and just taking the time to tell them what you want can result in positive action. It doesn't always work that way, but sometimes it does when it is in the domain of the possible.
When the powers that be need a bit more convincing, a petition is a great way to go. There is one right now that Canadian Citizens can sign to push for more bike lanes at: http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html
For those of you living out in the rest of the planet, www.bikelane.com is a central point for all bike lane advocacy. If you don't find anything there, start your own group. If people from the mass never get involved, nothing will ever get done. Bike lanes are not only good for cyclists safety, but can get more people riding bikes and less people driving cars. A bike lane is also a great way to slow down car traffic.
Good luck and Godspeed to all of you out there.
Posted by Gerry Lauzon at 3:17 PM