Special Recognition Award
Bicycle Action Committee Founder/CEO Richard A. Cahlin was awarded with the Special Recognition prize from the Florida Bicycle Association at their 2016 Florida Bicycle Association Annual Awards for his charitable work and dedication to raising awareness about bicycle safety and awareness initiatives within communities.
Cities Line Up to Promote Bicycle Safety and Awareness
An ever-increasing number of people choose to ride bicycles in our South Florida communities as both a form of exercise and a means of commuting
Unfortunately headlines in South Florida center on injuries and deaths from bicycle accidents — accidents that are preventable through bike-safety education and awareness, as well as through the construction of bike lanes.
Nonetheless, the road to safety is slow and long. All involved — the city, the county, the Florida Department of Transportation, homeowners, business owners, planning departments and zoning officials — have good intentions. Unfortunately, though, progress is stalled because of decision-making red tape and sometimes, conflicting agendas.
Partnering for Safety
In 2008, certified public accountant and avid bicyclist Richard Cahlin founded the not-for-profit Bicycle Action Committee (BAC), which so far has partnered with 14 South Florida cities to promote bike safety and awareness in a unique way: The BAC raises money by selling bicycle apparel featuring participating cities’ seals and colors, and the proceeds go back to the cities to help fund their bicycle safety initiatives and projects, such as adding bike racks.The clothing displays visual safety monikers that alert oncoming vehicles to use caution when approaching cyclists. “The more people see that city logo and the safety moniker (on that apparel)…,” Cahlin said, “the more people will say, ‘Hey let’s slow down. Let’s give them their three feet.”
Bike Safety Nonprofit Rolls into Broward County
A local nonprofit organization is promoting bicycle safety with style.
Bicycle Action Committee partners with cities, bike organizations and businesses to raise bicycle safety awareness through city-specific bike clothing. The money raised by the organization is donated to participating cities to spend on local bike projects and initiatives.
“We take a softer approach to bike safety awareness than trying to reconstruct roads,” founder Richard A. Cahlin said. “Our mission is to get the clothing out.”
Pinecrest OKs Grant for Green Transit Study
The future of Pinecrest is looking more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
The Village Council recently approved a $32,000 bicycle and pedestrian mobility plan grant from the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization to help fund a study that will analyze how to better connect the village’s eastern residential area to its three-mile U.S. 1 corridor.
The study stems from the Village Council’s 2012 vision plan that proposed to beautify and improve Pinecrest’s U.S. 1 corridor by adding sidewalks, new and wider bike lanes, bike racks, and possible shower and changing facilities behind commercial outlets on the corridor.
Bike Action Committee Creates Campaign to Promote Safety
Richard A. Cahlin will not tell you he is “over the hill,” but he will say that as he approaches that proverbial hill, he figured it would be easier on his physique to get there on a bike rather than by running.
Today the retired distance runner and CPA — who averages about 75 to 80 miles weekly on his road bike — also chairs the City of Miami Bike Action Committee private / public partnership. The group currently is selling biking jerseys and shorts designed with the Coral Gables city seal in order to promote bike safety and fund bicycle racks in the City Beautiful.
“About three years ago a group of us started to get together once a month to promote bike safety and awareness,” Cahlin said. “It’s like school lunches, no one is against bike safety but as an initiative it can be a very difficult task.”