I Am Traffic (and so are you)

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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:

Mission
Ensuring that the drivers of human-powered vehicles are expected and respected as a normal part of traffic.
Description
Imagine…
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.

Imagine…
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.

Imagine…
What our communities would be like if we ended the tyranny of the automobile and integrated humanity back into the roads we already have.

We Imagine…
Our communities as places where the drivers of human-powered vehicles are expected and respected as a normal part of traffic.

We believe…
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.

We believe…
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.

 

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Comments 14

  1. Brian wrote:

    Thank you.

    Posted 15 Jan 2013 at 2:36 pm
  2. Khal Spencer wrote:

    An Eisenhower quote bearing on that picture, Andy, whether it be politics or where to ride a bike. Avoid the edges.

    “People talk about the middle of the road as though it were unacceptable. Actually, all human problems, excepting morals, come into the gray areas. Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.”

    Posted 15 Jan 2013 at 3:45 pm
  3. Tom Armstrong wrote:

    I’m looking forward to meeting other bicycle drivers at this event, you included, Andy!

    Posted 15 Jan 2013 at 4:11 pm
  4. Ian Brett Cooper wrote:

    Great to see you back, Andy!

    Can’t wait to see what this new organization turns out to be.

    Posted 15 Jan 2013 at 5:19 pm
  5. DanC wrote:

    Ditto, thank you Andy.

    Posted 15 Jan 2013 at 10:06 pm
  6. Kevin Love wrote:

    The world-class benchmark for “recognized standards” is the CROW design engineering standard.

    It is possible to order an English-language version at:

    https://www.crow.nl/english

    Any deviation from the CROW standards is strongly discouraged, as it will probably result in crappy, unsafe infrastructure.

    Posted 16 Jan 2013 at 12:42 am
  7. Kevin Love wrote:

    Follow-up to my last…

    REC-25 “Design manual for bicycle traffic” is the appropriate volume to order. Although, if anyone is interested in airport runway surfaces, feel free…

    Posted 16 Jan 2013 at 12:47 am
  8. Andy Cline wrote:

    Kevin… Thanks for the link.

    Everyone else… It’s good to be back in the blogging seat. And I’m looking forward to the conference :-)

    Posted 16 Jan 2013 at 1:43 pm
  9. Michael wrote:

    Sounds like a great, and much needed, group.

    Posted 20 Jan 2013 at 9:45 pm
  10. Keri wrote:

    The website is launched!
    http://iamtraffic.org/

    Posted 21 Jan 2013 at 6:38 pm
  11. robert wrote:

    I’ve never heard either you or Keri write or say anything like the “we believe there is a place for bicycle specific infrastructure…”

    That’s very interesting and I didn’t expect to read that.

    Posted 24 Jan 2013 at 4:16 pm
  12. Ian Brett Cooper wrote:

    I believe there is a place for bicycle specific infrastructure too. I call it ‘the road’.

    Posted 24 Jan 2013 at 4:46 pm
  13. Andy Cline wrote:

    Robert… Methinks you need to use the search function of Carbon Trace :-) I have praised dedicated trials many times — especially those in urban areas such as Springfield and Columbia. And I did a video of the Cady Way trail in Orlando — a very nice multi-purpose path that many people there use as a transportation route.

    Posted 24 Jan 2013 at 10:55 pm
  14. Keri wrote:

    I guess robert can’t “hear” over the voices in his head.

    Posted 29 Jan 2013 at 7:30 pm