There is an evocative article today from Upworthy, amplified by The Bold Italic, in which a Dutchman named Mark Wagenbuur discusses how far off the mark we are in the US when it comes to enabling and encouraging cycling.
Author: Needham Bikes
There is an evocative opinion piece in the Globe today, revealing an anti-cycling bias that may be either conscious or unconscious. And the attitude may actually play out in driving habits, where the safety of cyclists sharing the same road is not sufficiently considered.
The salient point in the article was this:
No matter one’s opinion of cyclists or their riding habits, they are practically defenseless against the smallest sedan, never mind an SUV or a truck. Drivers simply have to take the high road — not only around cyclists who abide by the rules of the road, but even around selfish cyclists who don’t. Shaving a few minutes along the way can’t possibly outweigh the risk of maiming or killing a fellow human being.
Read the full piece here: As cycling gains popularity, an anti-cyclist bias remains
Needham Bikes has a vision in which more open, clean and safe passage between Needham and Newton will provide access to:
- Natural resources like Cutler Park and the Charles River
- A less congested experience when shopping on Needham St.
- More open commuting routes to Newton and beyond that are safer and more appealing
Over the past couple months, there has been an active discussion among cycling advocates in Needham and Newton, expressing concern over the published designs for the Kendrick St. and Highland Avenue crossings over Rt. 128 as part of the Add-a-Lane project. A description of the concern is summarized in the a recent post here, Advocating for Better Routes Between Needham and Newton! Continue reading An Alternative Way Across Rt. 128: A Tunnel?