Examiner Writer’s Note: Yesterday I received word from my alma mater Saint Francis Desales High School in Columbus, Ohio that a favorite teacher, Mr. Bob Lennon was killed while cycling. While I did not know the gentleman personally nor the details of his accident, I do know how tight an educational community Desales was and still is and the long lasting effect that such a needless death has on the community.
With this in mind I ask that everyone pray for all who are affected by Mr. Lennon’s passing and let us redouble our efforts to make all streets around the region, state, nation and world safe for all cyclists all the time. Education is the key.
Two words…just two simple words, but a message that has the potential for resounding impact. In Cleveland, this message is currently being communicated through billboards, bus wraps and radio commercials as Bike Cleveland continues in their attempt to make the streets safer for people on bikes. For a sample of one of the radio commercials, go to: Ride Together- Bikes are legal vehicles.
These various manners of communicating this message are not free. If you wish for this and other future campaigns to continue you can have an impact by making a donation today.
The “Ride Together” campaign was developed by Dix & Eaton and focuses on making our streets safer for those who prefer traveling on two wheels (rather than three, four or more) on our public roadways. It is hoped that this particular “Ride Together” campaign will reach over 4.5 million people in the Greater Cleveland Area. To learn more about “Ride Together” go to: RideTogetherCLE.org.
In the Northeast Ohio area, accidents involving bicyclists have had an increase of 10% from 2008 to 2011 while driving accidents involving cars and trucks have decreased by 4%. That increase of bicycle accidents represents friends, family and colleagues who were simply out on their bikes for a pleasure ride or commute.
Bike Cleveland’s mission is to use campaigns such as “Ride Together” as well as their growing list of advocacy projects to get the word out to drivers so that we can ultimately lower the number of bike injuries and fatalities across Greater Cleveland. By getting local governments to enforce three feet clearance laws, the installation of bike lanes and making the general driving population aware of riders Bike Cleveland’s goal is to make Cleveland and all its surrounding suburbs “Bike Friendly”.
Bicycling is the fastest growing means of personal transportation in Greater Cleveland and encompasses people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who have turned to cycling as a means of transportation, recreation and fun. The “Ride Together” campaign stresses the need for riders and drivers to have respect for each other by giving each other a safety cushion while at the same time driving and riding predictably.
Support our work by becoming a member and by making a donation to Bike Cleveland.
It is only by the support of riders such as yourself that Bike Cleveland can continue with campaigns such as “Ride Together” that are designed to raise awareness of bicyclists on the road. Your support also allows for Bike Cleveland to work with local law enforcement to design laws that are fair yet effective not only in our neighborhoods but Statewide and Nationwide.