January 13th 2016

By Bob Forgrave

TORONTO: JANUARY 24, 2006 -- STREET RACING -- PCars drive by an accident scene at Mt.Pleasant and Whitehall Rd in Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday January 25, 2006. Alexander Ryazanov, 18, of Toronto, was charged with Criminal Negligence causing Death and Wang-Piao Dumani Ross, 18, of Toronto, was charged with Criminal Negligence causing Death and Fail to Stop after Accident causing Death after street racing and killing a taxi cab driver. Photo by Brent Foster/National Post Staff (For National Story by Natalie Alcoba)

Did you know that 46% of adults say they would be more likely to ride a bicycle if motor vehicles and bicycles were physically separated?

Even with the most convenient bicycle that fits in your trunk, and the most convenient bike stem that folds your handlebars flat for easy storage, you’re still going to need a safe place to ride.

We all have memories sometime of riding in a place that we realized was simply not designed for bike safety and wondering…what am I doing out here?


Another-safety-failEven a dedicated “biking zone” can fail if it’s not implemented thoughtfully…

What we need is an organization focused on making our own home towns better places for biking, wherever we live.

Meet PeopleForBikes.   PFB header



This community-focused organization, which Flatbike just contributed to, combines the strengths of bicycle and component manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and bike enthusiasts like you to get the word out about making biking safer anywhere in the U.S..

In their own words…

Imagine a place where one bike lane leads to the next. Where trails, bridges, and underpasses lead safely to exactly where you want to go. And regardless of your bicycling experience and fitness, you can pedal smoothly across town. We believe this dream can be a reality, and together with our members, we are making it happen. Here’s how:

Stronger together. By connecting millions of riders, we are a single powerful voice for bicycling. Whether you’re a bike commuter, roadie, mountain biker, casual rider, pro-bike business owner, or all of the above, if you’re a person and you enjoy riding a bike, we represent you.

Spread the word. Busy with jobs and families, most people don’t have time to stay on top of issues that affect bicycling. And that’s okay—it’s why we’re here. PeopleForBikes will alert you to issues in your area and make taking action easy.

Riding made simple. The choice to ride a bike is yours. The responsibility to ensure safe and convenient riding opportunities is ours. With our united voice and political clout, we work with city, state, and national decision makers to encourage cost-effective investments in bicycling that will benefit our country now and well into the future.

The hub. All across America and the world, bicycle advocates are building local relationships, growing their communities, and formulating the keys to success for their areas. We work to enhance these efforts by bringing reinforcements, money, inspiration, and positive publicity to local groups.

Won’t you join me in making your community safer? Donate to PeopleForBikes today.


2 responses to “MAKE YOUR ROADS SAFER IN 2016”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great info. Lucky me I found your website by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

  2. Bob Forgrave says:

    Thanks for your comment. And you’re right. This first attempt at looking at the problem of unsafe biking communities was simply that–looking at the problem and starting to ask who can help solve it. For more detail on how to to solve the problem in your own neighborhood, I recommend a later blog entry where I gave specific recommendations: My Neighborhood is unsafe: What now?

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