Monthly Advocacy Meeting, Jan 9

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Monthly Advocacy Meeting, Jan 9

The next general advocacy meeting will be held on January  9th @ 6pm in the Community Meeting Room inside the Brown University Bookstore, 1st Floor. (244  Thayer Street) Anyone interested in discussing bicycle advocacy or other issues facing cyclists in Rhode Island is welcome and encouraged to attend.

On the agenda for this month’s meeting:

  • Bike Month/BikeToWork Day Planning Kick Off (volunteers needed)
  • Bicycle Dreams Movie Event (volunteers needed)
  • Commuter Guide Project Update
  • Membership Update
  • State Legislation Update

We will have time at the end of the meeting for other topics of interest to those present.

 

8 thoughts on - Monthly Advocacy Meeting, Jan 9

  • Labann
    Jan 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Topic to discuss:

    Dog control: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE4/4-13
    Owners are responsible for any damage their dogs cause. Stretchy leashes should be illegal, especially for key biting breeds – pit bulls, rottweiler, shepherds – and too long leashes on bike paths.

    Bike movies? Free…


  • Labann
    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

    A total outrage in LA…
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/she
    Cyclist shot to death by deputy for fleeing a bicycle traffic stop.

    This is what comes of trying to enforce ridiculous legislation aimed at controlling bicyclists, most of whom are only traveling slightly faster than runners and present no danger to anyone, except perhaps themselves. In RI there are 16 additional laws that only impact cyclists above and beyond other users of roads. Cycling needs to be decriminalized and de-marginalized.

  • Labann
    Feb 4, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Want something to advocate? How about cameras, lights, police patrols on bikeways?

    Yesterday, a man, 54 years old, was stabbed multiple times just before midnight on the W.S.B.P. near Brookside Crossing in West Warwick. He's expected to recover but investigation continues. Lights and patrols would certainly reduce chances and spot cretins and vandals who hang around after hours when they aren't supposed to be using paths.

  • Labann
    Feb 6, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Speaking on enforcing laws, it is just as illegal to race bicycles on public streets without a permit as it is cars. Someone should send a message to the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen. As of late they have begun running lead pack in entire travel lane with a trailing motor vehicle at considerable speeds (up to 45 mph in 25 mph zones). Witnessed this first hand, so not a rumor. They probably won't stop even after someone gets killed, because people have already been maimed and paralyzed on their hilly routes in past without influencing their stance on safety in the least. It's too bad, because they have a reputation for encouraging newcomers to cycling, which is marred by fostering competitive sports without medical teams or safety nets on some of the nation's worst roads (too congested, narrow, and poorly paved).

  • MattM
    Feb 6, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I'v e sent your comment on to the NBW leadership. How can you be sure it was NBW riders and that the NBW condones such a behavior since so far as I know, you have no affiliation with the group? I am absolutely sure the organization does not support illegal racing or unsafe riding practices, and in fact takes the time to invest in safe riding workshops that are free to members to teach road riding skills and techniques.

    Where and when did you observe this group of riders?

  • DaveK
    Feb 6, 2012 at 7:37 am

    There are several bicycle racing clubs in RI that have no affiliation with NBW. Are you sure it's not one of those? BTW, riding fast in a pack does not mean they're racing, either; usually a group like that is just training.

  • Feb 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Regardless of who this group of cyclists is Alan, I'm surprised to see you write something like:

    As of late they have begun running lead pack in entire travel lane with a trailing motor vehicle at considerable speeds (up to 45 mph in 25 mph zones). Witnessed this first hand, so not a rumor. They probably won’t stop even after someone gets killed, because people have already been maimed and paralyzed on their hilly routes in past without influencing their stance on safety in the least.

    I can't count the number of times on two hands that you've replied, to one of my posts about the need for cyclists to behave and follow the rules of the road, that cyclists are a danger it's only automobiles that need to be controlled. This sure sounds like a group you witnessed breaking the law, riding recklessly, and potentially risking the safety of other road users. Are you now of the mindset that perhaps cyclists need to be law abiding on our roadways?

  • Labann
    Feb 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Yes it was absolutely NBW, because I happened to watch same group leave lot from Western Hills on Cranston NBW tour held that day, then later encountered them near Scituate Reservoir (having taken another route altogether). It so happens that I designed this route and drew map myself when once affiliated. Yeah, they broke laws. I'm never a scofflaw, but certain laws are impractical for cyclists, others obviated by conflicting laws (i. e., you can instantly a pedestrian so crosswalk laws no longer apply), and others unenforceable (riding in left lane before turning left). But 99% of problems on road are caused by either impatient motorists or poor road design. This combination of cars and six-wide echelon is the 1% where not only is it dangerous to self but all other users of roads. I was horrified, thought I'd seen it all, and that's rare for someone whose driven sag on many occasions. Clearly flagrant disregard of safety ought to merit police warnings if not necessitate draconian or totalitarian legislation designed only to further criminalize and marginalize bicycling. So don't put words in my mouth.