A crowd of at least 30 people turned out early in the morning at Freedom Plaza in response to the all too regular occurence of motorists taking illegal U Turns through the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue. This poses a real danger to cyclists who use the lanes to get around and needs to stop.
After taping, safety pinning, or otherwise attaching signs to themselves or their bikes, participants rode up and down the street to bring awareness to the issue. As well, pamphlets were offered to passers by to educate them about it and a petition was passed out. Many cyclists and pedestrians alike, were eager to demonstrate their support for more enforcement of the laws.
We spoke with numerous reporters and news groups that took a keen interest in our attempt to highlight this issue. And, a number of MPD Bike Officers were on hand to discuss the problem.
Overall, we are proud of our first successful direct advocacy effort as part of our new program, The Assembly, and are excited that we got to show our resolve and take action for this important cause.
Thanks to all those who participated and especially Dave Salovesh and Nicole Donnelly who helped us organize the event!
Stay tuned for video coverage from this Street Action and more great events from The Assembly!