I was hesitant to post this, but given a number of recent bike/car crashes in Atlanta and the horrifying attack on cyclists in NYC, I think the issue is worth highlighting.
Usually, riding my 6- and 3-year-old kids on our cargo bike is a fun and easy way to get around the neighborhood – but it’s still not as safe as it should be. On a recent Sunday, we rode to @candlerparkmarket to have the kids’ favorite burgers for dinner. Afterward, we rode back home on McLendon Avenue – a short, neighborhood ride. But as I was signaling to turn left onto Mell Avenue, a car behind me sped up aggressively, as if he was going to pass me - just as I tried to turn in that direction. I was able to stop in time to avoid him and the driver slammed on the brakes, but I lost my balance, and the cargo bike – with my two kids – fell to the ground. Fortunately, the girls were perfectly fine. I was not so lucky; my elbow was broken, pretty badly.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (@atlantabike) has led the way in fostering a more bike-friendly city. But the fact that I can’t take my kids on a bike ride in our neighborhood without worrying about our safety means we have work to do. We need better infrastructure, not just to separate bikes and cars, but to ensure reasonable speeds and encourage safer driving, which benefits drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike. We also need to continue reducing distracted and aggressive driving in neighborhoods and on busy streets. ABC has done an incredible job, and I’m proud to be a supporter – but we need to remain vigilant to make Atlanta a more safe, accessible, and livable city for everyone. #thecitywemake