Tag Archive: bike advocacy

Employer says you can’t ride to work?

I stumbled across the following in my daily bike newsfeed… presenting KC metro area motivational speaker and bicycle commuter Corinna West with a lengthy and well-researched essay entitled “How to overcome your employer bicycle commuting objections“.

Such a thing has never happened to me, and I hope it never happens to you…but I can see how some employers, fueled by a well-meaning but misguided sense of concern for an employee’s safety or the fear of liability, could try to put the kibosh on two-wheeled transportation to and from the workplace. If such a thing happens, Ms. West’s article provides the ammo and gentle persuasions to help overcome the situation. Take a look at it by clicking here.

We’ve recently discussed whether bike commuting can seem unprofessional, and this issue sort of goes hand in hand with that — one of many potential hurdles a bike commuter may have to face when choosing two wheels over four.

We’d love to hear if any of you out there in reader-land have faced such challenges…please leave your stories, comments and thoughts below.

Good News for St. Louis

Any St. Louis readers out there? This article caught my interest because I have a couple of close relatives living in the St. Louis area…and I had not heard much about the bike-commuter scene in that city.

One of the bicycle advocates of the area chimed in with an interview on St. Louis Public Radio:

Anne Mack, the executive director of Trailnet, told St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann as part of our series “A Good Year” that cyclists had a “fabulous” 2011.

“It was a great year for any resident, because cyclists are pretty much indicator species. If you see cyclists on the road, it’s a good sign that your community is heading to be more healthy, that you can be more active in your streets and that actually local economic development stands a better chance of really growing.”

Read the rest of the article by clicking here. We’d love to hear from any St. Louis readers out there…how is it there for bicycling around the city? Infrastructure heading in the right direction? Please leave your comments below.

From Velo News — The Explainer: Crowded streets can lead to dangerous sidewalks

I read a ton of bike-friendly news outlets, and I follow the pro cycling scene religiously. On my daily reading journey around the Interwebs, I saw the following essay on Velo News; it’s the latest in a recurring column there called “The Explainer”, written by noted bike journalist Charles Pelkey. Surprise, surprise…a well-written advocacy piece on a site that focuses primarily on the go-fast crowd…

The column describes some of the bike/auto and bike/ped conflicts as they pertain to a recent study that was reported by the New York Times.

To me, bike/auto accidents and bike/pedestrian accidents are both symptomatic of a lack of insight on the part of generally myopic — and often underfunded — traffic planners. Urban streets around the world are becoming meaner, largely because we see more and more people relying on cars to get from point A to point B … even when that trip involves relatively short distances.

The problem is exacerbated when those who would normally feel comfortable riding a bike find themselves worrying about their own safety and opt to get in a car. Ensconced in a motorized steel cage, that potential cyclist now adds to the crowding on streets instead of reducing it. That further adds to traffic and, in turn, may cause a slightly braver cyclist to reconsider his choice, which in turn adds to crowding and … as the Germans say, und so weiter, und so weiter.

Swing on over to Velo News to read the full article…lots of food for thought there.

Alan Snel Speaks at the Tampa Sierra Club

We wanted to let Tampa Bay-area readers know that bicycle advocate extraordinaire Alan Snel will be giving a talk entitled “Bicycle Energy” at this week’s Sierra Club Tampa Bay meeting. Here are the details:

Tampa Bay Sierra Club January 2011 Meeting: Bicycle Energy with Alan Snel 1/12/2011

PROGRAM: Bicycle Energy with Alan Snel
SPEAKER: Alan Snel, Tampa bicycle rights and safety activist
WHEN: 7 pm, Weds. Jan. 12 (6: 30 pm social time and new member orientation)

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn
1700 E. 9th Ave.
Ybor City (769-9267) Free parking in hotel lot

Alan Snel covered government and business news for more than 20 years before he went from Tampa Tribune scribe to bicycle awareness/rights activist in Tampa Bay in 2006. Alan can be seen everywhere from city council to the halls of Tallahassee standing up for bicyclists’ rights, pushing for safety measure and bicycle lanes, and forging political relationships to make bicycling more prominent in Tampa Bay.

Alan has biked across the country solo twice and bikes more than 12,000 miles a year on the local roads of Tampa Bay. So he doesn’t just talk the talk — he bikes the bike. Alan created an alliance of retail bike shops called SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers) and used his SWFBUD platform to get Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa to initiate a bicycle safety action plan currently being crafted by the MPO. Alan also believes in appealing to casual bicyclists of all stripes, which is why he created the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club and the popular annual Bicycle Bash festival .

Alan writes a bicycle blog at and is a font of knowledge when it comes to great biking trails around Florida. His bicycle advocacy work includes getting HART buses to install signs telling motorists to pass bicyclists by at least three feet and local police to deploy portable message signs showing bike-safety messages. Alan will share his personal story of how he became a bicycle activist and how others can turn their passion into a purpose.

Tampa Bay Sierra Club general meetings are free and open to the public. Call Marcia Biggs at 727-797-6261 for more information.

Maybe we’ll see some of you there!

Cracking the Top 50

Here it is only a few months into 2010, and we’ve already cracked the top 50 cycling blogs — according to our friend Andreas at London Cyclist.

We’ve dropped a bit from last year…this year we’re at number 25…check out the full list by clicking here. We’re proud to be rubbing shoulders with so many great cycling sites…lots of familiar faces and a few fantastic new additions to last year’s list. Visit them all — there’s a wealth of cycling love to read on those 50 sites.

And remember, we couldn’t have done it without you, our readers. Thanks for your support!