Switching to a bike can be a rewarding change in the way you travel. As environmentalists we know that using a bicycle for transport can improve your health and fitness, remove the stress of driving, save you money and reduce fuel use. So if you already cycle to work, increase the number of times you ride. Even if you can’t ride everywhere, you can replace some car trips with bicycle rides and still save. Save money and energy, get where you’re going and exercise at the same time, and reduce pollution.
Can’t ride your bike for travel? Simply ride for pleasure. And if having more options in travel, including bicycling, is important to you, learn about “Complete Streets” planning. Sign the “Complete Streets Petition” which you can find at the McHenry County Bicycle Advocates website or look for them at fairs and events as well. If you haven’t signed, put it on your “to do” list.
But most importantly, let you legislatures know you want more options for travel. Write letters, talk and take action to make transportation planning in our county more than about moving goods and commuters. Having more options to move about in our world and having safe routes and roadways is important for all people and how they travel. We’re talking children, seniors, walkers, runners, day workers, night workers, shoppers, commuters, caregivers, train riders, bus riders, and on and on. There’s a way to plan so all of us can get around, and having a choice with safe travel routes takes advance planning. Communicate your values to your elected representatives.