Cycling safety and access go hand in hand. As most of you know I love IMBA, trail building, and participate heavily locally with the Wood River Bike Coalition. Being a good cyclist can take many forms, and for this month’s giveaway we are letting the lucky winner become a better “safe” cyclist. Safety is one of the key issues that cyclist face when riding on the road. By riding with lights during darker hours you not only can see, but be seen. Your own safety and sending a positive, visible message to motorists is key.
Light and Motion has developed their Urban series of lights that include both straight ahead vision, but also side vision with the use of amber lights. These are the only bike lights on the market with side lighting. The Urban 500 is the mack daddy of commuter lights, and is this months giveaway prize. I use the Urban 300 around town and it’s extremely bright, so 500 lumens should cover you and then some.
Our monthly product give away and focus fits perfectly with what’s on my agenda for this month. Greg and I have been invited to take part in Tim Johnson’s Ride On Washington, a 500 + mile fundraiser ride from Boston to DC. It’s hosted by Bikes Belong and we will be riding through 6 cities and hosting receptions each night. Riders can meet and ride with us for part or all of the way. The purpose of the ride is to bring awareness to what’s going on in Washington that affects cycling. We will be riding many, many miles through urban environments and if we’re slow, we might also be riding into the evening on some of the long days. I am absolutely taking my Urban 500 with me for this adventure. Riding in cities is not what I’m used to, so this will be a real education for me. We will end our ride at the National Bike Summit.
At the Summit, we’ll be meeting with Congress to discuss why cycling is important to us and why they should support non-motorized transportation and recreation. The hot topic that all cyclists need to know about right now is that the multi-year Transportation Bill that is being voted on in late March threatens to cut all bicycling and pedestrian specific funding. You can take action NOW to speak up about this to your state politicians. Greg and I will also be representing IMBA and speaking up about threatened trail closures in Idaho. It’s a big week with tons of riding and networking, but it’ll be worth it.
You can join us in DC or anywhere along the way. If you have kids who ride or walk to school, you ride a bike or know someone who does, this is your issue! I would love your support and I am aiming to raise $2,500 for bikes, it’s not for me or for the trip, but going straight to the cause at hand. So if you feel inclined, please join the others that have graciously chipped in.
Remember, the winning question isn’t necessarily about being the funniest, or most off the wall, it’s about the best question. May the best cyclist win!