Bike Advocacy-The Politics of Peddling Pedaling!Al Brody, Advocacy Committee Chairman
Mayor Lionel Rivera, Colorado Springs first Hispanic Mayor, agreed to establish and then went on to enthusiastically lead the Colorado Springs Mayor's Ride from 2003 through 2010. In 2011, Mayor Steve Bach, Colorado Springs first Strong Mayor refused to ride a bike and abruptly ended the tradition of having a Mayor's ride. So what's a bike advocate to do? Take advantage of a multi-faceted rift between the new strong mayor and a dumbfounded city council trying to define its new limits. With a bit of encouragement, most of the nine city council members immediately saddled up and the “Colorado Springs City Council Cruise” was born.
On Wednesday, 26 June at 6:30 am, at least seven of the nine City Council members will ride from City Hall to the Pioneers Museum for the 2013 Bike to Work Breakfast sponsored by the City of Colorado Springs (FREE but you must register - Bike to Work
). It’s not a very long distance to ride, but it is a start for a City Council with six new members. An easy way to encourage more and better cycling in our community is to ride with your elected officials. Be seen with them, capture it in photos, talk to them and tell them what cycling means to you.
With cycling as a tool and politicians as the workhorses, we can make significant improvements for cycling in the Colorado Springs community. All of us can better peddle pedaling.