Check out this blog at the TucsonCitizen.com.
Here is an excerpt from the post:
I used to bike daily. My bike’s only purpose of late has been getting in my way in the garage, where it slumps with deflated tires.
In the three years I’ve lived in Tucson, I’ve hopped on my bicycle twice. Once for a glorious ride along the Rillito River path and another for that heart wrenching trek a mere two miles to Blockbuster on North Swan Road.
My heart is still pounding from the Blockbuster jaunt.
Several folks I know agree that biking in Tucson is like taking our lives into our own hands.
Actually, it’s putting our lives in the hands of Tucson drivers.
That can never be a good thing. The only thing that seems to stay safe in some of those hands is their cellphones.
So how can we make Tucson a safer bicycling place?
The best solution, especially in honor of all this Earth Day hoopla, is to ban all cars. It works in Michigan’s Mackinac Island. Everyone there must get around on foot, bicycle or horse.
Since in Tucson that will never work, and make too many folks late for work, we can simply stick to riding bicycles around bike paths.
While these rides would certainly be safe and scenic, they, too, could interfere with our getting to work. Unless, of course, we happen to work in the Rillito riverbed.
Any other ideas?
What say you?