Q: What are some of the different issues that came to your attention while riding the Boston-DC fundraiser ride that are different from others you have had in your awareness as a professional female athlete? – K. Olson
A: Tim Johnson’s Ride On Washington from Boston to DC gave me a bit of an education for sure. I was outside my usual racing element and riding in a very populated part of the world. It was a different experience in so many ways.
Here are some of the different issues that came to my attention during the ride:
1. I experienced first had, the importance of good Share the Road etiquette from BOTH motorists and cyclists. Space on the road is limited, whether it’s due to parked cars and traffic in an urban environment or lack of shoulder on a rural road. Just as we expect motorists to act courteously and predictably for our safety, cyclists must do the same. It’s not OK to take over the intersection, ride on sidewalks, or ignore the rules of the road. This is confusing and frustrating for motorists and takes us a step backwards in being viewed as a responsible user group.
2. I learned that the race community is probably the highest user group of our roads and trails, but has the least representation when it comes to cycling advocacy. I’m not sure why more of the race community is not involved, but I hope to be part of this change in representation.
3. I got a first hand look at the amazing cycling / pedestrian infrastructure that is sprouting up all over the place. It felt like I was witnessing a turning tide. I was blown away by the number of great paths and bike routes we found in and around major cities like Boston, DC, NYC. We rode a 30 mile bike path that took us basically right into the Bronx. We finished our ride to the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue’s bike lane that runs straight down the middle of the road. Seeing how many people were commuting, recreating and using these facilities made me realize how essential they are for our nation’s transportation, health and happiness.
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