New ‪#‎theMAX‬ Action Items & Update: Grassroots Change!

Nov. 13th, 2015

I chatted with Courtney, Max's Mom, today and got a little update on Max. As you can see in the picture, he's a trooper and he's hanging in there. We were all hoping to welcome him back to Boise/home by Thanksgiving, but it looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer. Some of Max's skin graphs are taking really well, some aren't, so Max had his 12th surgery yesterday. It's a bit of a set back, but you look at Max's smile and it is hard to be anything but inspired by this little guy and how strong he's being. So now it's time for us to be strong for him. Below is how we can fight for Max this weekend. 


ACTION ITEMS

1. BUNDLE UP AND GO FOR A RIDE

This may be one of the last “nice” weekends of the year. So bundle up and take the family out on a bike ride for Max. It doesn’t matter where you go, but it doesn’t hurt if it ends with hot chocolate or coffee. It’s important to teach our kids that you can ride all year long, and that some people have to…it’s their only transportation. It also shows ACHD (the Ada County Highway Department) and ITD (Idaho Transportation Department) that riding bikes isn’t just a summertime thing. It’s an all the time thing, and we need better infrastructure. There is safety in numbers, and numbers bring infrastructure. It’s a win win when we all choose to ride.

Don’t forget to take some pictures, wear your THE MAX t-shirts under your jackets and post them with #THEMAX. Let’s show Max that we’re riding for him and thinking about him.

We still have all sizes (men’s, women’s, and youth) of THE MAX t-shirts at BBP if you haven’t picked one up yet. We can even ship them.http://www.boisebicycleproject.org/themax

2. WATCH “BATKID BEGINS,” OVER THE WEEKEND OR AT LEAST CHECK OUT THE TRAILER

I watched this movie last week, and thought about Max the entire time. Be careful, there might be a few tears, but tears of joy. Being sick, being hurt, being stuck in the hospital for months isn’t how a child should spend their childhood. Whether it’s for Max, or for any child in the community, let’s make sure we’re doing everything we can to give kids the opportunity to be a kid.

Here’s a RedBox link to rent a copy: http://www.redbox.com/movies/batkid-documentary
Here’s the official trailer: https://youtu.be/JMUw4Ndpbdw

3. SHARE YOUR PROGRESS / SHOW AND TELL

We tried this last week and didn’t get a lot of comments, but I’ve been speaking to a ton of you privately and I know you’re hard at work. Even if you just went on one extra ride, it makes a difference, I promise. So post a quick or long comment below and tell us what you’re up to and what you've been working on. It will inspire more people to fight for Max, it will get more people riding, it will boost the amount of times this post is seen to the masses, and it keep the momentum going.

…from last week’s action items. 
Take a few moments to post what you’ve working on in the comments below or share this post on your own timeline and highlight your work/progress on top. If you need help with your work, ask for it. People will jump on board if they see your passion.


Ok, pick 1, 2, or do all 3. It is going to make a difference and it is going to save lives if we all stick with it.

You'll get another set of Action Items early next week.

You can search past action times by searching ‪#‎THEMAXACTIONITEMS ‬Let's keep the momentum going.

Now share this on your own Facebook page and challenge others to do the same!

NO MORE CHILDREN HIT! WE'VE REACHED the MAX!
#THEMAX, ‪#‎NOMORECHILDRENHIT‬, ‪#‎RIDEONBOISE‬

10/27/2015: the MAX HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Action Items: Choose 1, 2, or do all 3!
 

1. SHARE YOUR PROGRESS / SHOW AND TELL

Many of you have been working hard and learning a lot about creating change in your neighborhood. It can be a tough journey sometimes, and it definitely takes perseverance. That’s why it’s important to know that you’re not alone on your journey. Take a few moments to post what you’ve working on in the comments below or share this post on your own timeline and highlight your work/progress on top. If you need help with your work, don't be afraid ask for it. People will jump on board if they see your passion. Show and tell time! Even if it’s small, it’s still a step in the right direction. 

2. LIGHT UP YOUR RIDE and SHARE THE LOVE

Being predictable and being seen are two of the best things you can do to avoid being hit.

Soon it will be dark at 5pm. Do you know what the Idaho Law requires for riding at night? It states that you must have a front light and at least a rear reflector after dark. We highly recommend a rear light in the back as well. These days, you can get a cheap set of lights for around $20-30 and a nice set of powerful USB rechargeable lights for $50-$100 at any bike shop. BBP is bringing in a new, super bright version as we speak. We hope to have them available for the class next week*, and we plan to have the light proceeds benefit the Max Campaign. 

BBP has a ton of ACHD light sets that we hand out for free with our kids bike donations. Most of our staff carries around a spare pair of these lights in their bike bag and give them out to the unlit riders we see on our daily commute. If you’d like to spread the good will, swing by anytime we’re open and ask for a spare pair. 

*Next Friday 6:30-8pm (Nov 6th), BBP is teaching a Winter/Foul Weather Riding Class. Swing on in to learn more about winter lights, riding techniques, and other ideas to make your winter commute as easy a pumpkin pie. Class is free!

3. DO YOU KNOW WHAT A SHARROW IS?

Boise has quite a few “sharrows” scattered around town. Most people are familiar with the one that runs down 13th St through Hyde Park, but don’t really know what it means. Sharrow is short-form for "shared lane bicycle marking/arrow". This pavement marking includes a bicycle symbol and two white chevrons and is used to remind motorists that bicyclists are permitted to use the full lane. Check out these great videos to learn more, and then share what you learn with your friends and family. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7imwANUHDw
https://youtu.be/wEHW9hNg5eY?list=PL8100D69AC1AB7553

Now, how well do they work? With the lack of education around them, there can be some confusion. Here’s an interesting article about how to make them more intuitive.

http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/10/can-the-least-loved-bike-infrastructure-be-improved/412180/?utm_source=nl__link4_102615


Ok, pick 1, 2, or do all 3. It is going to make a difference and it is going to save lives if we all stick with it. You'll get another set of Action Items early next week. 

You can search past action times by searching #THEMAXACTIONITEMS Let's keep the momentum going.

Now share this on your own Facebook page and challenge others to do the same!

NO MORE CHILDREN HIT! WE'VE REACHED the MAX!
#THEMAX#NOMORECHILDRENHIT#RIDEONBOISE

NEW the MAX HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: GRASSROOTS CHANGE!!!

The MAX Action Items: October 21st, 2015

1. PICK A BATTLE?

There’s a chance some of the homework hasn’t been applicable to you. Maybe you don’t have kids, or don’t live in a neighborhood. Maybe you’re just looking for something different. Below are 5 other positive-change-making options to get involved with:

-State Funding For Safe Routes To School 
-Bicycle Ticket Diversion Program
-Crash Reporting / Bicycle Resource Phone App
-Mandatory Bicycle Questions On Driver’s Test
-Helping at Bicycle Rodeos (Kids Safety Classes)

If you want to take on a larger role or are curious about any of these, email jimmy@boisebicycleproject and I’ll put you on a group email list for the issue.

2. HOW’S YOUR LETTER? HOW’S YOUR SUPPORT? SEND IT!

Last week, we had you prepare a letter with the top 3 road/traffic concerns surrounding your neighborhood. Hopefully you’ve identified WHAT the problem is, WHY it’s a problem (lots of focus on WHY), and HOW you think it could be changed. You also might add HOW you and others are willing to help. If you’re feeling good about your letter, send it to your ACHD Commissioner this week and try to get 10 of your neighbors to send something similar. If you don’t know if you’re ready, send it to me and I’ll give you some feedback (jimmy@boisebicycleproject).

Remember… These Commissioners are people just like you. They have jobs outside of being a Commissioner just like you. They don’t like to be backed into a corner just like you. They care about kids just like you. So be proactive, be positive, and base your letters around making our streets safe for kids and families. Try to keep it under 4 paragraphs. 

3. IS THE MAX 20 MPH?

During the public safety meeting, many people were concerned about speeding on their streets. Some people wanted automated surveillance mechanisms that would issue tickets to speeders. Some people wanted speed bumps and other traffic calming mechanisms to slow folks down. Some people had no idea what to do, but desperately wanted change. Here is a pretty cool article/video about a citizen driven “20 is plenty” campaign. I think it is a good example of refusing to take no for an answer, thinking outside the box, and going grassroots. Check it out, and do some brainstorming. What could you/we do?

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/09/the-grassroots-campaign-to-slow-down-traffic-in-the-uk/406477/?utm_source=nl__link5_092215

October 13th, 2015 the MAX Homework Assignment

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NEW the MAX HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT! JIMMY MEETS WITH BUTCH TOMORROW , YOU CAN SAVE LIVES TODAY!

The MAX Action Items: October 13th, 2015

1. WHAT IS BEING COVERED IN DRIVERS ED?

Tomorrow I meet with the Governor to talk about saving children in our community from being hit. One of the things we will talk about is the Statewide Drivers Education Program and lack of mandatory bicycle questions on the final test. Without a mandatory question/s there is a lack of emphasis on learning how to coexist with all types of road users on our streets. While preparing for the meeting with the Governor, I went through the state driver’s manual to see what’s actually included. A lot has changed since I took the test in 1998 (bike lanes didn’t exist here yet), imagine how much has changed if you took it in 1952! Probably time for everyone to re-read. Start at section 5-6 and see what’s being taught these days. It’s not bad, but is it enough? Let us know what you think. http://www.itd.idaho.gov/…/Driv…/documents/driver_manual.pdf

2. HAVE YOU MET WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS? TIME TO CREATE YOUR OWN ACTION ITEMS!

If you went all out and did your homework last week, you maybe met with your neighbors, possibly rode to school with your kids, and hopefully discovered who your ACHD Commissioner was. It’s time to start working on a letter. Don’t send it yet, you need support first. Come up with your neighborhood’s top 3 things you’d like to see changed, with #1 as your absolute top priority. For each of the 3 items, identify WHAT needs to be changed, WHY it needs to be changed, and HOW you think it could be changed. Send it to your neighbors, or collaborators and see what they think. Send it to me jimmy@boisebicycleproject, and I’ll take a look. Your goal this week is to generate support around your top 3, because next week, you’re going to send it!

3. CHANGE THE WAY WE TALK, CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK

Some of the challenges we face are beyond transportation challenges, they’re cultural challenges, and we can learn how to address both of these kinds of challenges better if we change the way we talk about them. Start by using the terms “crash” or “collision” instead of “accident.” When we talk about things as accidents, we’re inferring that they’re unpreventable and ‘just happen.” Of course crashes and collisions aren’t on purpose, but by treating them as crashes and collisions we are acknowledging that there are factors at play, and factors that can be addressed. Check out this incredible article for other terms we can work on, and how it has made a difference in Seattle. Think about using this language as you work on your top 3 in action item #2. 
http://www.citylab.com/…/dont-say-cyclists-say-peop…/385387/


Ok, pick 1, 2, or do all 3. It is going to make a difference and it is going to save lives if we all stick with it. You'll get another set of Action Items (including how to get a THE MAX T-shirt) on Friday.

You can search past action times by searching ‪#‎THEMAXACTIONITEMS‬Let's keep the momentum going.

Share this on your own Facebook page and challenge others to do the same!

NO MORE CHILDREN HIT! WE'VE REACHED the MAX!

‪#‎THEMAX‬‪#‎NOMORECHILDRENHIT‬‪#‎RIDEONBOISE‬

October 10th, 2015 the MAX Homework Assignment

NEW the MAX HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT!!! SAVE LIVES TODAY!!!

The MAX Action Items: October 10th, 2015

1. RIDE OR WALK WITH YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL?

The weather is still great out, so now is the time to walk or ride with your kids (grandkids, nieces, nephews...) to school at least once before the winter. If you're nervous about traffic, try a practice ride on Sunday when the traffic is calm, or organize a group/train of folks and all ride together (Want more information about creating a bike train in your neighborhood? Contact jonathanw66@gmail.com). Look for areas/road infrastructure that you like and don't like and make a list or take pictures. You can use that list and pictures when it comes time to share information/write letters to your neighbors, principals and your ACHD representatives.

2. DO YOU LIVE IN NW BOISE? YOU MUST BE AT THIS MEETING AND YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PLAN!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6 p.m. at ACHD (3775 Adams Street, Garden City) because the Northwest Boise Walking and Biking Plan will be presented to the ACHD Commissioners for possible adoption. Even if you don't live in this area, you should take a look at the plan today, and attend the meeting to see how the process works. At some point it will be your neighborhood's turn and you need to be prepared. Here is a link with info about the meeting and the draft plan. Email Jimmy@boisebicycleproject.org if you need help understanding the draft.http://www.achdidaho.org/Projects/PublicProject.aspx…

3. PREPARE THE GOVERNOR!!!

On Wednesday, Jimmy meets with Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter, and he needs to know that YOU have reached the MAX. When you're writing anyone, the best thing you can do is thank them for something they've done right, and give them a clear opportunity to do more. So, thank the Governor for meeting with Jimmy Hallyburton to talk about making our streets safe for our children. Let him know that you support the MAX campaign, and that you would support programs that would prevent more children from getting hit. Be positive, be constructive, give him an opportunity to do something that could save lives in our communities. You can message him at the tag above, or email him at Governor@gov.idaho.gov


Ok, pick 1, 2, or do all 3. It is going to make a difference and it is going to save lives if we stick with it. You'll get another set of Action Items on Tuesday. You can search past action times by searching ‪#‎THEMAXACTIONITEMS‬ Let's keep the momentum going.

Share this on your own Facebook page and challenge others to do the same!

NO MORE CHILDREN HIT! WE'VE REACHED the MAX!

‪#‎THEMAX‬‪#‎NOMORECHILDRENHIT‬‪#‎RIDEONBOISE‬

October 8th, 2015 the MAX Homework Assignment

Start Saving Lives Today! Today's the MAX Action Items!

Homework assignment below, but first, thank you to all who attended last night and all who supported from afar. It was not an easy night, because it's not a easy subject. We could tell some left excited and inspired, while others left feeling helpless and hopeless. We understand and identify with both sides, we've been there.

But, now is not the time to feel helpless and hopeless, because we have momentum on our side, we have Max and our children to fight for, and there is so much we can do. It starts with YOU!

3 times a week, we're giving out homework. Each assignment has 3 action items and you have the option of doing 1 or all 3 items. They should take less than 30 minutes each, and if you stick to it YOU will save lives and YOU will make a difference.

The MAX Action Items: October 8th 2015

1. DOES YOUR KID'S SCHOOL HAVE SAFE ROUTES?

Find out whether your kid, nephew, granddaughter's... school is involved with Safe Routes to School. You can do this by contacting their teacher, principal, Lisa.Brady@ymcatvidaho.org, or just contact me Jimmy@boisebicycleproject.org and I will research for you. If they do, great, find out what day Safe Routes is coming and be ready to volunteer/recruit volunteers to help. If they don't contact Lisa and begin talking to other parents who will help ask the principal to bring Safe Routes to your school.

2. WHO IS YOUR ACHD COMMISSIONER? 

This is something you need to know, because you elect them based on your district, and with a loud enough voice, they will listen to you and they will fight for you. You can find out who your's is here. Save their email to your contacts, you will be contacting them soon.

3. TIME FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD BBQ!

One of the biggest lessons we learned last night is that neighborhoods can make a difference. 1 voice can sometimes slip through the cracks, but 10, 20, 30 voices are loud and hard to ignore. Make a quick flier and invite your neighbors over for a "The MAX BBQ" this Saturday or Sunday. We recommend holding in your front yard and putting up signs "Slow down and join us, we've reached The Max." or whatever you see fit. Talk about the concerns on your street, talk about drafting and disseminating an email from each neighbor to your ACHD commissioner, and maybe talk about setting up a facebook group for your neighborhood so people know how they can easily get involved.


Ok, pick 1, 2, or do all 3. It is going to make a difference and it is going to save lives if we stick with it. You'll get another set of Action Items on Saturday. Let's keep the momentum going.

Share this on your own Facebook page and challenge others to do the same!

NO MORE CHILDREN HIT! WE'VE REACHED the MAX!

‪#‎THEMAX‬, ‪#‎NOMORECHILDRENHIT‬, ‪#‎RIDEONBOISE‬‪#‎THEMAXACTIONITEMS‬