It’s no secret that bicycling offers a healthy, low-cost alternative to automobile travel, saving the average bicyclist thousands of dollars each year in automobile operating costs. Although many Americans enjoy riding their bikes and recognize the health and economic benefits bicycling offers, only a small fraction of bicyclists have stood up to improve bicycling in America.
PeopleForBikes.org is a movement initiated by the Bikes Belong Foundation to unite the voices of a million Americans to make bicycling safer, more convenient, and appealing for everyone. The site is intended to build a national movement by gathering a million names of support and prompting all site visitors to pledge to improve the future of biking in America.
The approach taken by PeopleForBikes.org is a creative way to gain momentum for a grassroots movement. The site keeps a running tally of the highest number of pledges made in specific states and communities across the country. Site visitors are prompted to sign a pledge to show their support for bicycling and vow to help to spread the word about this movement.
PeopleForBikes.org offers numerous ways to get citizens involved in the movement including:
- A forum for individuals and communities to share their stories and their reasons for supporting bicycling – ranging from health benefits to economic advantages and practical transportation purposes
- Tips to work with media and help citizens raise awareness of the importance of biking in their local community
- Tools and talking points to urge their local and national representatives to work for more funding for bike-friendly initiatives
The goal of PeopleForBikes.org is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one powerful voice – to let policy makers, the media and the public know that bicycling is important and should be promoted.
How to Use
This site is a great resource for bicycle advocates and community planners looking for useful resources to promote bicycling and the need for improved bicycle infrastructure and facilities. Site visitors should browse the “Get Local” section of the web page for downloadable brochures and fact sheets that can be used to spread the word about the movement and its goal of improving the future of biking in America. To stay connected and updated, visit the initiative’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. These links are provided at the bottom of the PeopleForBikes.org site.
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