Cycling in Charlotte, on the latest episode of A Healthier Charlotte
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Bobby DeMuro
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This week on A Healthier Charlotte, I am joined by four experts on bicycling to discuss the state of cycling in and around Charlotte.
From bicycle law, to infrastructure and transportation policy, to Charlotte’s own 24 Hours of Booty, we talk about it all on episode three of A Healthier Charlotte.
According to the Outdoor Foundation, bicycling is the second most popular activity in the United States — and furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that half of Americans want more bike facilities in their communities.
More statistics from the NHTSA:
- About 85 million Americans ride their bikes every year.
- For children and teens, the bicycle is a primary means of transportation when traveling independently.
- Every morning, 500,000 people bike to work in the United States.
- Each year, more than 500,000 bicyclists sustain a cycling injury that requires emergency department care.
- More than half of the bicyclists riding in or near traffic report feeling unsafe.
In a city like Charlotte, where traffic is only becoming more congested and difficult to control, it becomes ever more important to ensure safety for all roadway users — including bicyclists.
Fortunately, there is an active, intelligent, and passionate bicycling community in the Charlotte area. So, I invited four thought leaders and cyclists to the WTVI studios to discuss the state of cycling in and around Mecklenburg County.
Topics up for debate on the show include cycling culture, the rise in popularity of cycling within the area, safety and infrastructure issues surrounding safe routes to school and work, and the future of cycling and the relationship between bicycles and cars in Charlotte.
We’re also fortunate to explore some statistics and vision of both the city of Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County, with two of our specialist guests from each government organization.
Meet this episode’s forum guests:
Spencer Lueders (@spencerlueders)
Spencer is an avid cyclist and the brains behind Charlotte’s amazing non-profit organization 24 Hours of Booty, a non-profit cancer fighting organization he created more than a decade ago.
Ann Groninger (www.BikeLaw.com)
Ann is a partner in the law firm Copeley, Johnson, and Groninger, where she specializes in cases relating to bicycle law, safety, and transportation issues.
After the show, visit A Healthier Charlotte for web extras, behind-the-scenes footage, and more on cycling in Charlotte!
Our fourth episode of A Healthier Charlotte, filmed at WTVI, can be seen exclusively on CLT Blog on November 22.
On that episode, several doctors and psychologists — as well as a woman with a very powerful personal story — will join me on camera to discuss eating disorders, the people affected, and solutions. Stay tuned!