Here are some great suggestions via Bicycle Colorado on how we can do our part to make Hutto a better and friendlier bicycling community!
The below information is care of Bicycle Colorado!
- Bike as often as you can. Ok, I know I’m starting with a softball here, but this really does contribute to better bicycling. The more bikes there are on the street, the more people get used to seeing bikes. The more people get used to seeing bikes, the more they start to keep an eye out for them and the more they figure out how to interact with people on bikes.
- Talk to owners of local businesses. Thank them for having a bike rack outside, or let them know that it would be really great to have a bike rack. If a business owner knows that a lot of people are biking, s/he is more likely to support things like protected bike lanes on the street in front of the business.
- Contact your local government. If you hear about a project that accommodates bikes, contact your city council representative or county commissioner and let them know you appreciate it. If they know that their constituents appreciate bike infrastructure, more funds are likely to go towards bike projects. Similarly, if you hear of a project being built without consideration for bikes, let them know that you think the needs of people on bikes should be addressed.
- Help make bike directions better. Did you know that you can suggest a better bike route to Google? If they agree, they will change their directions. I’ve done it, and it works. It is quick and easy, and you just might save the next person from biking on an unsafe street.
- Actively look for opportunities to participate. Public meetings about bike-related issues do happen, and bike advisory groups do exist. But they are not always well-publicized. Follow the Facebook and Twitter feeds of bike-related groups and your local government, and you may find out about a meeting where you can talk to decision-makers about issues that are important to you.
- Get involved in the community by joining or supporting a bicycle-focused organization. There are many different kinds of groups—state, local and national advocacy organizations, nonprofits that offer camps for kids and earn-a-bike programs. If you’re able to join an advocacy organization, your financial contribution makes it possible for that organization to do more to improve bicycling. You can also ask about volunteer opportunities or help the group keep their finger on the pulse of what’s going on in your neighborhood.