Its been three weeks since my last confession. Oops, I mean post Sorry ya’ll. I’ve been uber busy with three big projects and a handful of little ones. I can’t help but to have my hands in as much possible – all things bikes.
One of those little projects is, beside my monthly ’2 Wheels & Heels’ ladies ride, I thought it would be really beneficial to organize intimate rides with ladies that can make it, and experience current infrastructure that’s already laid on ground.
For a couple years now, I continue to reinforce to our city engineers that when bicycle infrastructure is designed, they need to keep in mind – women and children. If you design a street with women and children in mind, they will ride it and so will everyone else. If you do not, then the street needs to be redone until this can happen. City streets are viewed as ‘safe’ when you have families, women, and children safely riding in them – with big smiles on their faces.
My first intimate ride was the Hilltop Bike Lanes. I ride these all the time b/c my schools are located in the Frankliton and Hilltop area.
I received great feedback from the eight ladies that rode with me. Signage in the intersections of the entrance / exit ramps by the freeways, better guidance from bike lane to sharrows, green paint usage, etc. Eight ladies that ride when they can. No professionals in planning, bicycle advocacy, engineering – just eight of the many ladies I’ve come to know that love to ride and want our streets to be safer and equipped with better / more smartly designed infrastructure. Some of these women have kids and while they themselves would ride some of the infrastructure in some places, they would never bring their kids to ride on some of these streets. We need to change that.
We need to have streets designed for EVERYONE in mind. Our next ride will be Tamarack Circle and the infrastructure that’s been recently built there. If you’re interested in partaking, write a comment or send me an email. My email address is under the ‘About’ tab of my blog.
I thank the ladies that participated in this ride and look forward to the next ride with another VERY useful and open discussion.
Be safe and keep riding.