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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.
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.
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