Facilities that are designed to attract bicyclists by creating a visual environment fearful and uninformed people will perceive as safe. Such infrastructure often places cyclists in a position which directly contradicts the best practices of safe bicycling, thus putting the uninformed (intended user) at risk. In conjunction with dysfunctional cultural beliefs and mandatory use laws, these facilities often undermine the vital behaviors of successful bicyclists.
Executive Director, American Bicycling Education Association
Through two decades of bicycling, I observed many close calls and conflicts as an individual transportation cyclist as well as a recreational group rider. Studying the behavior of both cyclists and motorists, I became convinced that the greatest challenge facing American bicycling is lack of education, coupled with the destructive belief system Americans have developed about our roads.
It has become my mission to correct this problem and empower individual bicyclists to ride with the confidence and skills to reach any destination by bike. I believe we can transform our traffic culture, through education and social marketing, into one which recognizes that roads are for all people, not just the ones driving cars.