I Am Traffic: Wrap-Up

The fine group of people pictured here will begin the work of creating a governing structure for the tentatively-titled bicycle education organization I Am Traffic.

Members of the founding board of I Am Traffic (L to R): Lisa Walker, Dan Gutierrez, Waco Moore, Jenn Bowers, and Mighk Wilson.

Once that work is done, we will form a governing body typical for any non-profit organization, including the usual slate of officers and a Board of Directors.

I was greatly honored to be among those invited to attend the colloquium and help found this organization. A further treat: I met people that, up until this past weekend, I had only known as readers/commenters of Carbon Trace and as important traffic bicycling advocates.

There’s still much that needs to be hammered out. But the main thrust of this group will be to promote bicycle education at all levels and to advocate for bicycle driving as the safest, most efficient way to understand the role of human-powered vehicles in our transportation system.

I Am Traffic will not be anti-infrastructure for bicyclists. I would characterize it this way: We are for any infrastructure that does not violate the well-establish rules of safe movement in traffic. We are against any infrastructure that creates conflicts with other traffic users or otherwise puts bicyclists in danger. Examples of the kinds of infrastructure that violate safe movement may be viewed on Carbon Trace, including gutter lanes (in which the gutter pan is included in the width of the lane) and door-zone lanes (in which open car doors encroach on the width of the lane).

Warning: Do not be fooled. Do not drive your bicycle in lanes where the gutter pan is included in the width of the lane (min. 4-foot lane) or where a lane puts you next to parked cars.

I’ll keep you posted as work continues with I Am Traffic.

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Comments 3

  1. Khal Spencer wrote:

    We already have one bicycling organization that mixes the politics of facility promotion and “getting more butts on bikes” with education, much to the consternation of many. I hope that I Am Traffic keeps its eye on the education ball and does not get wrapped around the axle of the bike politics wars. Thoughtful, educated cyclists are their own best advocates.

    Give a man a bike and he will ride for a day. Teach a man to ride, and he has transportation for a lifetime. So to speak.

    Posted 26 Feb 2013 at 5:26 pm
  2. Andy Cline wrote:

    Khal … Education is the primary focus.

    Posted 27 Feb 2013 at 11:45 am
  3. Eliot Landrum wrote:

    Education is definitely the primary focus. Education of adult cyclists, children, the general public, traffic engineers, lawmakers, etc.

    However, as Keri said several times, we need infrastructure designs and laws that don’t undermine our education efforts and impede an educated cyclist.

    Posted 27 Feb 2013 at 2:43 pm