When Jordan sent the call out to the PFB staff asking if any of use would like to do virtual RAGBRAI pre-rides to help people get excited for the remote event later this month, I knew I had to do it! Just finding the time for the 67 mile suffer fest she wanted me to do was challenging - so I opted for the intention setting part of the theme: the Mile of Silence. As the president and CEO of PeopleForBikes, I'm constantly thinking about ways to make biking better and safer through all avenues. Even one death of a cyclist in a crash is too many and we're working hard to make that a thing of the past.
As we ascended Swan Mountain Road, I started my mile of silence. It's busy with traffic and started reflecting on all those We've lost in past years and so far in 2020. The sobering article from Outside Magazine was at the top of mind while riding - tracking the number of cycling deaths in 2020 is daunting, but needed to help us push for safer infrastructure. https://www.outsideonline.com/2411347/why-outside-tracking-every-cycling-death-2020
Looping past lake Dillon - knowing that we have more work to do. Between finding funding for infrastructure across the country to laws that protect cyclists at home.
We work together with all of our PeopleForBikes supporters to make that future a reality.
Bike paths like this beautiful wide one around Lake Dillon in Colorado offer perspective on what could be.
As you ride your RAGBRAI Mile of Silence - think about people you know who have passed from bike crashes and what their legacy can be through safer cycling.