You could find more cyclists on area roadways if the federal government passes its ambitious infrastructure plan. Well over $500 billion is being directed to transportation, much of which the League of American Bicyclists says could towards roadway safety and promoting alternative ways of getting around such as biking, running, and walking. Peter Flucke and his WE BIKE, etc. works with communities on how to safely intergrate cycling by taking a deep look at their planning, engineer, education, and safety efforts. He cites Sturgeon Bay’s involvement in the Bicycle Friendly Community Program through the League as a great starting point for where the city can maintain or even improve its standing in the cycling community. He calls the infrastructure plan a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take large steps forward in their progress.
Flucke says Sturgeon Bay is a great community for biking, but there are some perils. A review of crash data says locals were more likely to hit other residents than tourist. While crashes are never good, Flucke adds it could make the education process a lot easier.
He believes traffic enforcement also needs to improve for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Flucke says it starts with education because you cannot enforce or follow laws you do not know or understand.
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