Friday, May 17 is Bike to Work Day, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. The League ranks Pennsylvania 15th as a bicycle-friendly state; in the Eastern region we're #6.
The League lists several tips for needed improvements to make Pennsylvania safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, including:
- Adopt a statewide, all-ages cell phone ban to combat distracted driving and increase safety for everyone.
- Adopt a vulnerable road user law that increases penalties for a motorist that injures or kills a bicyclist or pedestrian.
If you're going to be hit by a motor vehicle you better have something big between your legs (motorcycle or bicycle) that will cause enough damage to result in a police report and maybe even a citation to be issued because if you don't, you end up as a grease spot and the driver gets away with saying, oh, I didn't see him. The blog "Greater Greater Washington" lists pedestrian deaths nearly every week in the DC region where, incredibly, the drivers are almost never charged! And "I didn't see him" is an acceptable defense!?
Step outside the four-wheeled womb and accept the challenge to bike and bus. Buy a one-month pass, hide your vehicle keys from yourself and bike and bus everywhere. The improvement in your abs, glutes and bank account will be noticeable! When the weather is fine who needs a gym?