BVC proposed 'political pedal'
j-coopersmith at tamu.edu
Sun Jul 30 14:16:21 CDT 2006
With your permission, I would ask the president
(or myself or ...) to issue the following
invitation (with suggestions welcome). I am
willing to take charge of arrangements.
Dear Congressman Edwards,
The Brazos Valley Cyclists (BVC), a bicycling
club with members throughout Brazos County, would
like to invite you on a short ride to show you
how federal, state, and local funding has and
will improve bicycling and walking in College
Station. If you accept, we would like to invite
other local elected officials to join us.
The ride would be fairly short approximately
five miles and the entire event, from fitting out
your bike to returning, should take an hour. We
can provide a bike and helmet for you and any of
your family who would like to join. Cycling is a
family activity adults should not have all the fun.
The League of American Bicyclists has designated
College Station a bicycle-friendly city, one of
the few/only [verify] in Texas. As you cycle our
bike lanes, you will understand why biking
improves the quality of life in towns and cities.
Our timing is flexible. I would suggest a
weekend (though not an Aggie home game) or, if a weekday, after 5 p.m.
I envision the ride starting at the little park
and softball field off Anderson. This has the
advantages of a parking lot and open space as
well as being the beginning of the federally
funded bike path that ends at Southwest
Parkway. At Southwest we would head west until
turning left at Hondo and then left at Nueces
until 2818. There we would turn right so
everyone can see that the intersection of 2818
and Welsh needs sidewalks for safety. At Welsh
we would turn north until reaching Holleman and
turning right, then ending up at Anderson. If we
were more adventuresome, we could go until Bush
Drive. The purpose of this proposed route is to
show the wide range of biking conditions in College Station.
Once we had a date from Edwards, we would invite
the city council, Fred Brown, Steve Ogden, the
county commissioners, even the school board to
join as many of us as can make it. We can issue
a wider public invitation for our Ride the Roads
trip. We would notify the police as a courtesy.
Ive talked to Robin Stallings, the Texas Bicycle
Coalition Executive Director. He is willing to
co-sponsor the ride if we desire and, if the
timing is do-able, bring TBCs 17 hybrid bikes
and helmets. I would prefer to first ask our
local bike shops if they could loan bikes and
mechanics to adjust the bikes. There is nothing
like a local business to make elected officials pay attention.
Stallings recommended we give the people
participating low value but visible gifts, such
as BVC water bottles or t-shirts. He can also help with press.
Depending on the turnout, we might want to supply
or ask for contributions in kind food and drink.
Austin has a similar ride, the Political Pedal,
which ends up at a happy hour (so why not end the
trip at the Blue Baker? Well, how do they get
from there back to the park?). Indeed, if there
is interest, Im willing to invite Senator Kay
Bailey Hutchinson too. I suggest Edwards first
as he will be more accessible.
Dept. of History
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-4236
History & Philosophy of Science Section (L)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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