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If a community has seen a growth
in cycling accidents, has few safety education programs in place or road-

way infrastructure isn’t biker-friendly, individuals can take action.

Dan Moser, a Southwest Florida transportation safety consultant, sug- gests forming alliances with non-bikers to approach civic leaders: “Consider including pedestrian accommodations and frame the issue as one of everyone having access to a safe environment, including bike and foot travelers, and the value of recreation and exercise to the community.”

Use the criteria found at Tinyurl. com/CommunityBikeabilityChecklist to evaluate the quality of the local biking environment.

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program invites communities to apply for techni- cal assistance and receive customized

feedback and advice on improving local conditions at BikeLeague.org/bfa.

Bikes Belong, a consortium of sup- pliers and retailers, plus individuals and club members, supports the creation of protected bike lanes and provides com- munity grants and supportive resources at PeopleForBikes.org.

Many state highway authorities, police and park and recreation depart- ments conduct bike rules and safety programs for the public. Check for local resources online.

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