GUARDIAN reader Clancy offers up some logical and common sense ideas about bike safety as school gets underway in Boise and all the surveys, committees, and news of bike accidents have been discussed.
GUARDIAN Guest Post
Boise and the Treasure Valley are in the midst of an epic bike and motor vehicle conflict. New cycling infrastructure will not cure this as fast as all concerned parties can. Cycling safety should be a
community approach. By recognizing each of our rights and responsibilities through some compassion and compromise, we can make the roads safer for all.
Become accustomed to general bike safety and proper riding ettiquette on roadways.
Local Bike Shops (LBS)
Ensure new and existing customers are aware of bike safety and proper riding etiquette on roadways.
Bike Advocacy Organization/ Clubs
Many members of these organizations are competent cyclists but could be better ambassadors for cycling. A few compromises will go along way to ensuring public opinion remains positive.
Law Enforcement can enforce current State Statutes regarding bikes while providing an education to
cyclists.Educate all officers about current bike laws.
Help to further Boise’s image as a Bike Friendly City. Boise needs an avenue for getting more people into the streets. Ciclovia started in Bogota and is a weekly event to get citizens out in the streets. Ciclovias promote health, safety awareness and environmental benefits.
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