As the press coverage over the past few days has reaffirmed, there are strong opinions out there about bicyclists. We know that all road users need to take responsibility for their own actions. We can do our part by obeying the rules of the road. The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration and the League of American Bicyclists produced this video that provides bicycling safety tips.
And while our Bicycle Ambassadors season has ended, they have left behind some valuable publications to download for bicyclists and motorists on their website. In fact, the Bicycle Coalition has started our new bikePHL education blog to keep up the bicycle education work of encouraging all cyclists to ride safely and more often.
And if you haven't already please take the I Bike PHL pledge. When I stop for a red light on Spruce St. in the morning I have learned to hug the cub as there may be a platoon of bicyclists behind me who will blow right past me through the light. As former Portland resident (BCGP Education Director) Breen Goodwin has often said "Bicyclists in Portland stop at red lights". We too should prove that to be above the fray and put the onus of responsibility on the scofflaw motorists.