I’ll be attending the I Am Traffic conference in Orlando, February 23-24. The purpose of the conference, among other things, is to launch a new national bicycle education organization. I’ll be one of the founding members and a contributor to its web site (details to come).
From the I Am Traffic page on Facebook:
Ensuring that the drivers of human-powered vehicles are expected and respected as a normal part of traffic.
If anyone could hop on a bike and go anywhere because bicyclists are an accepted part of traffic on the roads we already have.
Imagine…If anyone could hop on a bike and go anywhere because people of all ages were encouraged to acquire the knowledge and skill to operate safely as vehicle drivers on the roads we already have.
If everyone felt safe on the roads we have because they understood where the dangers are and where they are not, they were expecte
d and respected there, our society enforced the traffic laws and stopped handing out driver’s licenses like entitlements, and we actually made sure to keep repeat offenders off the road.
What our communities would be like if we ended the tyranny of the automobile and integrated humanity back into the roads we already have.
Our communities as places where the drivers of human-powered vehicles are expected and respected as a normal part of traffic.
There is a place for bicycle-specific infrastructure to enhance the bicycling experience, and that it is possible and necessary to design that
infrastructure to support the best practices of successful bicycling.
People will hop on their bikes when they know how to be safe, when they feel welcome and respected, and when they are not limited by dependence on special infrastructure to go wherever they want to go.
Friendliness is an attitude. It isn’t something we construct with concrete and paint. It is something we instill with positive leadership. It is something we should expect from all citizens and demand from our leaders.
I’ll report as I can from the conference. And you can expect detailed and sustained coverage when I return.
My local readers should pay special attention to the part above about bicycle infrastructure. I am not, nor will this organization be, against bicycle infrastructure. I am against infrastructure that 1) is out of minimum compliance with recognized standards (although many of these could be improved) and 2) puts inexperienced bicyclists in greater danger than the normal travel lane.