Friday, November 06, 2009

Cyclist to cyclist: Let's do right

A couple of bicycling groups and a bike-loving ad man are cranking up an effort to get bicyclists and motorists to be more considerate of each other. A campaign called
"Ride Right, Drive Right" responds to cyclists' many complaints about cars that pass too closely and motorists who taunt or harass cyclists -- and equally vehement complaints from motorists about bikers behaving badly.

Jeffrey Lynne and Pat Patregnani are asking the state Department of Transportation to approve a couple of new roadside signs that they believe will cool some of the recent cyclist-motorist animosity in and around Broward and Palm Beach counties. Meanwhile, expect to see more of that "Drive Right, Ride Right" motto. Its authors don't do things halfway.

Patregnani is president of Zimmerman Advertising and founder of zMotion, a fast-growing team of cyclists especially notable for its backing of the Zimmerman MS Ride and other charity events.

Equally energetic is Lynne, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer and leader in the Boca Raton Bicycle Club who recently was appointed to the board of the League of American Bicyclists. Lynne is the sparkplug of a new presence called the South Florida Bicycle Coalition, about which I'll write more some other day.

There's more about this safety and courtesy campaign in the Sun-Sentinel.

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