Pedaling Toward Progress

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership …

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One comment on “Pedaling Toward Progress

  1. Dick Bailey on said:

    Randy,

    As you seem well aware there are many different types of cycling with different needs. Therefore, the solution to safe accommodation is different for each. I agree with your observation that trying to convert roads that were not designed for cycling traffic can be a significant challenge. New design concepts for Total Streets that attempt to include pedestrian and cycling use as well as auto use are a big step forward.

    In our community the cyclists have tended to want to be treated as part of the road traffic. I believe this limits the potential for better integration of a wider range of cycling opportunities. Hopefully through better design and consideration of the broader spectrum of transporation needs that include walking and cycling our cities can become more user friendly and healthy. As recreation providers we should have a strong voice in these debates. Thanks for a thought provoking topic.

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