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People for Bikes!


Sunday, October 03, 2010

I just received a head's up on People for Bikes from fellow member Jan Frandsen and it is a GREAT IDEA to join their efforts so I thought I'd pass it along with another great article on biking:

I just learned about a great new website to support pro-bike policies and spread the joy of bikes! Check out peopleforbikes.org! They're collecting one million names in support of a better world for biking -- one that's safer, more convenient, and more appealing for everyone.

Every day, millions of Americans like us ride for their health, for the environment, for their communities, and for the pure joy of bicycling. But until now, only a tiny fraction of riders have stood up to help improve bicycling in America.

Peopleforbikes.org is going to change all that. They're building a national movement with the clout and influence to get things done. That means promoting bike-riding on an individual level, but also sending a unified message to our elected leaders, the media, and the public that bicycling should have their full support.

Check out their great new website to take a pledge for biking and learn how you can help:
www.peopleforbikes.org

After signing up they ask if you want to share your story...so why not? Here's what I shared:

"I love EVERYTHING about biking! I love the sense of freedom and adventure hitting the open road and knowing that I've got the personal power to go wherever I want to go!

I love the THRILL and playfulness of whooshing down a hill and even the VICTORY of having climbed a hill!

I love exploring new sights, new roads, feeling like Lewis & Clark heading out on my own personal expeditions!

I love joining with my bike club members and sharing our mutual joy of biking!

I love being out in nature and noticing things I've never seen before because I've always been obliviously zooming by in my car!

I love discovering that I have the personal power to travel as far as 100 miles in a day!

I love saving money on gas and sparing the environment the burning of even more fossil fuel. If my bike had room for a bumper sticker I would have one that reads: My bike gets better mileage than your Prius! :-)

My goal is to be able to complete a multi-day tour across hundreds and hundreds of miles throughout America!"

How to Make Biking Mainstream: Lessons from the Dutch (how about that, honoring my Dutch ancestry!)

www.yesmagazine.org/plan
et/how-to-make-biking-main
stream-lessons-from-the-dutch


"What will it take to transform biking from a recreational pastime to an integral part of our transportation system? "

America could learn a GREAT DEAL from the Dutch! "A commitment to biking is not uniquely imprinted in the Dutch DNA. It is the result of a conscious push to promote biking." "Physical separation from motorized traffic on busy streets is the single most effective policy for getting more people to bike."

Check it out!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
REBCCA 10/5/2010 3:00PM

    I love bicycling and thank you for this informative post, and the resources. Thanks Maha for passing this link to me! emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 10/5/2010 11:37AM

    Hello! Super-sweet VALERIEMAHA sent me to this blog after we'd been discussing the sad, sad demise last week of my beloved Giant at the hands of some horrible man driving a 4x4. I immediately signed the pledge and joined the People for Bikes mailing list. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am really excited to get involved.


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CARRIE1948 10/4/2010 10:42AM

    Will check it out

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SIRIRADHA 10/4/2010 9:48AM

    I'll visit the site this morning! We need more bike advocacy in the U.S. Gosh, I'd love to have more separation of bikes and automobiles. In our "bike-friendly" town, I frequently have to choose whether I'd rather be sideswiped by a truck or have a parked car's door flung open in front of me in the bike lane.

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L*I*T*A* 10/4/2010 1:08AM

    awesome suggestion...........
thanks for sharing..........
blessings and hugs............lita

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JIBBIE49 10/3/2010 9:51PM

    Good for those who bike, but still only five percent of Americans even exercise on a daily basis. emoticon My brother lives in a small town in Illinois and was saying that his 10 yos probably didn't ride his bike 10 miles during the summer, as ALL the kids are inside playing video games. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 10/3/2010 8:58PM

    Inspiring words, Don, and GREAT information! I'm definitely going to be sharing it with biking friends on and off of SPeople!
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Maha

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OUTDOORGIRL70 10/3/2010 8:52PM

    Don... Thanks for passing this on.

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