While May is National Bike Month, almost all the events seem to be happening this coming week. We at once acknowledge the inherit risks of riding a bike, We also have opportunities to take action and improve upon those risks and encourage everyone to ride more and in different ways.
On Monday, May 13, the City of Plano will present it’s Bike to Work proclamation at the City Council Meeting, at 7 pm. The proclamations are first on the agenda and short. This is a good time to be seen as cyclist in Plano. Nothing makes an impression on government like showing up.
On Tuesday, May 14th, comments related to Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way; Shared Use Paths are due to the Federal Access Board. If you have ideas, input or concerns regarding trail design, speak now or live with the consequences. You can find more information about what is being proposed and submit comments by following the link.
The Ride of Silence occurs Wednesday night, May 15th at 7:00pm local time all around the world. The Ride of Silence exists for three simple purposes:
- To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
- To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
- To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
Locally, the “Mother ride”, the ride that originated to memorialize former Plano Bicycle Association President, Larry Schwartz is held at White Rock Lake. In Plano, the ride will begin at the Trishop on Windhaven. The rides are 8-9 miles at 12mph or less.
On Friday, May 17th it’s Bike to Work Day. You can certainly do this individually but, why not make it a big deal at work and see how full you can get that unused bike rack. Your office does have a bike rack doesn’t it? This year, DART has teamed up with BikeDFW to sponsor Bike Commuter Energizer Stations. The Plano location is at the intersection of the Chisholm and Bluebonnet trails, just west of the Dog Park in Jack Carter Park and should be open as early as 5:30am.
Don’t be like I’ve been lately, go ride your bike!