Monday, February 04, 2008

How to get from here to there

Food for thought, if you'd like to get out of the car-commuting ratrace. It was written for a bigger metropolis, but the ideas are portable. Here's one I especially liked:
Love your local bicyclists
By Stephen Box

The most elegant solution to L.A. traffic is simply to pedal to where you need to go. If cycling is not for you, at least give some respect to those who choose to ride. Here's why: Cyclists are the "indicator species" for a healthy community.

Cyclists favor well-maintained streets free of potholes and debris. They prefer streets with moderate vehicle volumes and speeds, an environment that is likewise safer and more hospitable for drivers and pedestrians.

Surveys in San Francisco found that local businesses benefited from "traffic calming" through their districts, which included accommodations for cyclists.

Finally, an increase in the number of cyclists in a neighborhood -- which means more eyes on the street -- has a direct relationship to a reduction in crime.

In other words, what's good for cyclists is good for your community.
There's more at the Los Angeles Times.

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