This article goes into some detail about how pedestrians were marginalized as part of a campaign on the part of certain car companies. This marginalization took place over a period of decades, to the point where pedestrians are sometimes seen as a nuisance, or unpredictable factor, in traffic engineering as documented in an earlier Slate article. The term "jaywalking" came to denote a scofflaw, with the implication that the road was primarily or even solely for cars. Thankfully, there is pushback in recent years with the complete streets idea, and the "bold" idea that ultimately streets are for people rather than any single mode of transport.
We all know there is some risk in riding a bike on a public
road although it’s not nearly as dangerous as your average citizen may think,
especially for an experienced rider familiar with safe riding techniques. The
primary threat of serious injury is the people in those large two ton vehicles
that don’t consider sharing the road. Some of them are opposed to bicycle driving
but I think most are just unthinking.
Tennessee holds in middle of the pack in the 2012 League of American Bicyclists ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. (Click here) . In 2010 Tennessee rose 19 points from 43'rd to 24'th. In 2011 it dropped three positions to 27'th, but received a Bronze Award recognizing efforts by TDOT and advocates. This year the state rose one position to 26'th. The LAB's Top Tip for Improvement is "Include Bicycle Safety in Tennessee Strategic Highway Safety Plan."
Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill, America Bikes announced the
findings of a recent Princeton survey, which shows that more
than 80 percent of Americans favor maintaining or increasing federal funding
for sidewalks and bike lanes.
Announcing Feed Your Hunger (JC Bike Party/Little City Bike Collective Event) May 24th, 2012 from 3pm-2am meeting at Galaxy Lounge (down town Johnson City). Biking Entertainment Want to volunteer or make a donation? About the JC Bike Party/Bike Kitchen and the Mission
Boys On Bikes is an after-school program that teaches kids bike safety and gets them out several times a week for exercise and fun. This program at Southside School in Johnson City is led by the school's physical education teacher and supported by local businesses. Other elementary schools are considering taking on this model as a unique way to let kids have a safe and healthy alternative after-school activity.
The inaugural Tennessee Bike Summit will be held in Chattanooga, May 2-4. Transportation officials, government leaders, planners, engineers, public health officials, advocates, and others, are invited to attend to join the discussion on transportation, people, and places. THE MAP
There is no fee to attend the Summit, but registration is required. Visit www.tnbikesummit.org for complete information.
The 2012 Tennessee Bike Summit will serve as an opportunity to share successes, challenges, and strategies for moving Tennessee forward as a bicycle-friendly state. Join us for exciting sessions and mobile workshops!
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