It turned out that she was headed to the same meeting, to make a presentation on bicycling and health. She covered all the important points - physical activity, clean air, community interaction. She added that, through their property taxes, cyclists overpay for their use of the road while subsidizing drivers. She also pointed out the enormous safety benefits. As more people ride bicycles:
- the rate of traffic injuries for bicyclists drops.
- the volume of car traffic drops.
- it is perceived as a safer and more common mode of travel.
Keep talking, Rebecca. One by one, people will be inspired by you, by a friend, by a photograph, by their own dissatisfaction with life confined to a car. And that person will inspire a friend or neighbor... It's already happening. As Rebecca told us, ABC's biannual bicycle counts show more people riding every year.