I keep thinking this kind of encouragement might actually help a few people follow the path I discovered. That path was remarkably smooth to follow.
I did not arrive in Springfield nine years ago already hip to the whole traffic-cycling thing. The flat terrain and grid street system made it easy to stick with it. And then just doing it, experiencing it, and thinking about it led me quite naturally to an understanding that one can drive a bicycle safely in traffic as traffic.
Oh, and bicycle education. Let’s not forget that. I’ve taken both the LAB course and CyclingSavvy. No one is too experienced to take these courses.
So, you see, I do want to increase participation. I’m just picky about how to do that.