Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lighting Up The Night...

Ever hear the phrase "It's better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness"? The folks at FABB, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, sure have. And they went one better.
FABB volunteers spent one night this week making sure cyclists get noticed on the roadways this winter.

No, they weren't handing out fashion advice, they were installing front and rear lights on the bikes of those who needed to work on the vision thing...those cyclists who've been riding along in the dark.

Here's what FABB's Fionnuala Quinn had to say about the evening she spent in a church parking lot at rush hour:


"We managed to install 77 sets of front and rear lights over the two-hour period.  We had a large group of volunteers and we kept them busy plus we had a lots of riders waiting patiently at various times...The best part is when the riders head off in groups into the night with their front and rear lights blinking away. It was a fun evening and it felt like we were doing some important work..."

I'm betting there are a number of people who may never get on a bike who are happy about this: the drivers who share the roads with the now-more-visible cyclists. 

Nice to see a focus on a solution to a problem.  And nice to see that people step forward to help--just because. 

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