After reading that we’ve been talking about getting a bike day started here in Gainesville, Leslie McLendon, who works in our county planning office, sent us an article about this growing trend around the nation. The article points out that creating special rights-of-way for bicycle traffic for special events draws great crowds of pedalists and others and helps to raise awareness about safety issues for cyclists. The article also states that Florida ranks highest in the nation for cyclist fatalities, with 119 in 2007 out of 698 in the nation. Protecting cyclists is vital, and providing safe thru-ways for bike and pedestrian traffic should be a priority. Let’s hope we can help to promote this healthy, clean-energy mode of travel in our community.
Thanks for sharing the article, Leslie! You can read it at our new discussion forum, and let us know what you think!