The Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee elected Ian Johnson as their new chair at the committee’s meeting last night.
Johnson has been a BAC member for the last year and has been the chair of the BAC’s Downtown Subcommittee. He is also involved with Living Streets Alliance.
Here are a few of his goals and thoughts about bicycling in Tucson.
To increase public awareness of the BAC and get more people involved. Johnson says the BAC is a representative body and the more people involved, the better the feedback they can provide to officials in each of the jurisdictions.
Johnson says he would like to increase ridership in Tucson.
“My personal goal is to increase ridership in Tucson and do whatever it takes to get us there and make bicycling an easier and more common and frequent choice amongst all different kinds of riders,” Johnson said.
Lastly he says he wants to work closely with previous chairs, to make a seamless “transition where all the big projects that are up in the air won’t get dropped.”
“The biggest challenge right now is the perception that bicycling is a weird activity or is a recreational activity and that only students and children enjoy — or weirdos,” he said.
“The biggest challenge we have, I believe, is making bicycle riding not just a hobby, but instead a completely legitimate and respected form of transportation; and educating drivers the correct way to behave when they are sharing the road with cyclists to make sure bicyclists and cars can interact with each other in a civilized and safe manner.”