WABA is starting a new project in Old Town Alexandria called #StopCampaign. Basically we’re helping promote lawful cycling at major intersections in the area.
Alexandria City is a an area that is working very hard to make the streets better for cyclists. They really need to! The area is growing in popularity, attracting more people every year. The amount of parking places and driving lanes can’t keep pace. Alexandria is working to support other ways to get around town.
The city faces significant resistance to their efforts to improve cycling, as was evident during the battle to get bike lanes put in on King Street. One of the biggest things that cycling opponents can use to strike down efforts to improve bike infrastructure is the behavior of cyclists at stop signs.
Please consider being a part of this project. There are many great things you can do.
1) On the simplest level, please pay attention to traffic signs in Alexandria and yield to pedestrians.
2) Consider taking some time out of your afternoon and picking up a sign to help convince others to ride lawfully.
3) Spread the word of the published Facebook events to attract others to join us.
4) When you see us doing one of these events, snap a photo on your phone and post it on Twitter and tag it with @WABADC and #StopCampaign
Some things about this... This campaign depends on positive interactions. We are NOT yelling at cyclists who don't stop. We ARE talking positively to all cyclists and thanking the ones that stop. Nothing good happens when someone yells at a cyclist for failing to heed a stop sign.
Thanks for taking a little time to read and contribute.
Here’s the first public event: https://www.facebook.com/events/529319217213117/