Several years ago, while riding my bike on the ring road behind the airport. I suffered a blowout of my front tire. At the time, I was passing the New England Air Museum. The noise of the tire’s tube exploding was so loud, one of the museum staff drove over to me in a golf cart. He offered tools and access to compressed air if I wanted to repair or replace the tube. I was close to home and was able to call for a ride, but I very much appreciated the offer.
Last month, when our daughter and I were hiking along a rail trail in Northampton, Massachusetts, we encountered an air and water station, and we also encountered a station with several bike tools securely attached, but with long enough leads that they could easily be used on a bike of any size.
These two events made me appreciate the article I’m sharing today even more than I would normally. The article describes the “We Like Bikes” campaign in Pittsburgh’s north side neighborhood.
“The We Like Bikes! campaign is the first grassroots, multi-neighborhood initiative in the city to marry the well-being of bicyclists to that of businesses.”
According to the article:
Mr. Descutner, a 2016 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh who commutes to work most days by bike from his home in Bloomfield, went door to door asking business owners to sign up. Would they keep bike repair tools — tire pumps, tire levers, chain tools, screwdriver/wrench multi-tools and patch kits — on hand and put a red We Like Bikes! decal in their storefronts letting cyclists know the tools are inside? And could they also please let cyclists use their bathrooms and fill up on water?
“I was amazed that every business I asked said ‘yes,’ ” he said. “Some businesses are even talking about offering incentives to cyclists, like discounts.”
Initiatives like this are important, both for the cyclists and the businesses. It seems to be working in Pittsburgh, I’d love to see it start in the Hartford area.
The “We are the World” Blogfest is now in its third year. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts: Susan Scott, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese, Damyanti Biswas, welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month.