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?