The fine group of people pictured here will begin the work of creating a governing structure for the tentatively-titled bicycle education organization I Am Traffic.
Once that work is done, we will form a governing body typical for any non-profit organization, including the usual slate of officers and a Board of Directors.
I was greatly honored to be among those invited to attend the colloquium and help found this organization. A further treat: I met people that, up until this past weekend, I had only known as readers/commenters of Carbon Trace and as important traffic bicycling advocates.
There’s still much that needs to be hammered out. But the main thrust of this group will be to promote bicycle education at all levels and to advocate for bicycle driving as the safest, most efficient way to understand the role of human-powered vehicles in our transportation system.
I Am Traffic will not be anti-infrastructure for bicyclists. I would characterize it this way: We are for any infrastructure that does not violate the well-establish rules of safe movement in traffic. We are against any infrastructure that creates conflicts with other traffic users or otherwise puts bicyclists in danger. Examples of the kinds of infrastructure that violate safe movement may be viewed on Carbon Trace, including gutter lanes (in which the gutter pan is included in the width of the lane) and door-zone lanes (in which open car doors encroach on the width of the lane).
Warning: Do not be fooled. Do not drive your bicycle in lanes where the gutter pan is included in the width of the lane (min. 4-foot lane) or where a lane puts you next to parked cars.
I’ll keep you posted as work continues with I Am Traffic.