I was enjoying a ride near my house this morning thinking about nothing really. Just enjoying the beautiful spring morning and looking forward to meeting two other friends for a training ride as I blasted down Route 403 into Garrison.
I was thinking about transportation writer’s Ken Valenti’s blog post that took issue with Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s three-foot law and her ties to Earth day and how it could help lead to a greener society. Seeing his post had me thinking for a few days about how non-cyclists in many cases just do not get us. That transportation issues in America are centered on motorist’s first, public transportation second, and walking and cycling last. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is trying to change this with his recent statement, “People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”
So an idea popped into my head to raise awareness and a few bucks for the state to advance safer cycling. “Share the Road” car license plates, with a little bike logo on it. The state of New York has over 200 custom plates available for sports teams, causes, societies, regions, military, emergency services, and professions. Let’s add cycling to the list of causes. The plates cost more, but the added funds are designated to be used for the cause. Maybe we’d see more bike lanes, safety programs in schools, or road design studies. And Ken, this would lead to less carbon in the air we all breath and make a cleaner environment and healthier citizenry.
With thousands of “Share the Road” plates on cars throughout the state it would be good marketing, something cycling needs with other users of the highways.
Would you be willing to pay extra for the plate? What other phrases would you suggest in place of Share the Road? Please use the comments section to provide me with feedback.
So, there’s the idea and it’s just in time for tomorrow’s Bike Summit at Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave. that will talk about how to make the region more conductive for general biking. If anyone at the summit likes the idea, please take it and run with it. Here’s a link for more information about the summit.