Photo: Bikes Belong Coalition
It's a critical mass of a different kind. A gentler form of persuasion than the direct action monthly bike mobbing that occurs in some cities. But could be that the pen may be mightier than the spoke?
The group Bikes Belong Coalition has a new campaign: to enlist the help of one million cyclist to influence US national transportation policy. The campaign, known as Peopleforbikes.org wants a million bike riders to use their combined weight of numbers to nudge U.S Senators and Congressmen to make new, cost-effective investments in bicycling facilities and program.
Apparently mountain bike legends Gary Fisher and Dave Wiens both pledged their support, and seven times Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, has tweeted asking his more than 2 million Twitter followers to sign the pledge.Now, it should be pointed out that the Bikes Belong Coalition is a national group of more than 400 US bike suppliers and retailers so there is also a degree of vest interest here. But, as opposed to an automobile lobby, a bicycle lobby benefits everyone. For as one of the campaign slogans observes: When People Ride Bikes, Good Things Happen.
And they cite (PDF) what those good things might be:
• Women who bike 30+ minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer.
• Adolescents who bicycle are 48% less likely to be overweight as adults.
• Three hours of riding per week reduces the risk of heart disease & stroke by 50%.
• The average American househould spends over $8,000 per year on owning and driving their cars - more than they spend on food.
• On a round-trip commute of 10 miles, bicyclists save around $10 daily.
• For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, about 1 pound of CO2 is saved.
The Bikes Belong Coalition think it matters not whether you're a bike commuter, a roadie, a mountain biker or just a casual rider, your voice in unison with a million other cyclists can build a national movement to improve bicycling infrastructure in the US.
Visit Peopleforbikes.org to sign up, or learn more about the benefits of bikes and cycling.
Via the Daily Camera