Bicycle Action Day Recap

31 Jan

RVA News has a pretty detailed piece on Ride Richmond’s first Bicycle Action Day at the General Assembly.  After the press conference organized by Virginia Bicycling Federation and Ride Richmond, we gathered outside to wait for an opportunity to meet and talk with legislators.

As a first effort this was a great success.  A handful of people have done bicycle-oriented lobbying at the General Assembly for years, but this was the first attempt (that I know of) to combine a ride/rally with a press conference and lobbying effort.

It would be great to see a bigger contingent of cyclists next time.  Part of the idea is to show that we’re not a small “fringe” group or special interest but a sizable group of citizens.  Some lawmakers take us seriously, but many do not.  The best way to change that is to make clear to them that vocal, energetic cyclists are among their constituents.

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