In addition to policy inititatives and funding allocation, another way we work to create safer roads is by increasing the overall number of bicyclists. By increasing ridership, we make bicycling the norm and familiarize motorists with our actions. In order to increase the number of riders, we need to create safe and comfortable places for them to ride. For most new riders this means riding on trails or bike lanes. There are generally considered to be four levels of cyclists:
- Strong and Fearless
- Enthused and Confident
- Interested but Concerned
- No Way No How
As people bike more frequently, they naturally become more comfortable and confident riding on busier streets and unmarked roads. This is why Trailnet advocates for increased bicycle infrastructure alongside education.
- Bike Smart Classes help new riders learn how to safely navigate the road.
- Trailnet on Tap is a monthly speaker series that brings walking and biking information and education into your neighborhood pub. Past topics have included cold weather gear, how to ride with traffic, bicycle law, multimodal travel, community coalitions, bicycle commuting, and policy initiatives.