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!
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