As more and more interests jump on the bicycling bandwagon, I am becoming increasingly dismayed at the predominant approach to promoting bicycling — advocating for bike lanes and other facilities by focusing on fear and limitation. Clinging to limitation seems to be a natural tendency for everyone in our culture these days, and it’s certainly been the focus of bicycling advocacy for many years. Bike advocates seem to be in a near panic that if people are asked to take some ownership of their own safety, they won’t ride bikes. The horror of it is the farcilities that are being produced to appease demands; the threat of mandatory use laws because we’ve failed to fix the root cause; and the lives lost as a result of trying to encourage ridership with the promise of safety on facilities that violate the principles of movement.
We can do better!
In the video presentation below, I explain the root cause of the beliefs that inhibit bicycling in America, why the prevailing strategy can’t fix it, and offer a strategy that can. In addition to teaching people to be successful anywhere, this strategy includes many progressive infrastructure ideas that are cost-effective, versatile, expandable and supportive of successful bicyclists.
Presentation at CNU20:
For more on this topic:
Doom or Possibility? by Mighk Wilson
Strategy for a Cyclist-Friendly Community by Keri Caffrey