Palms Neighborhood Council endorses the Cyclists' Bill of Rights: 10-0

By Alex Thompson

I meant to post about it on July 8th, when it happened, but I was sweating a fever at the time.  And then my dad came to town, and then I spent a bunch of time engineering the deal on the new Bikerowave location.  Well now you know:

The Palms Neighborhood Council endorsed the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights on July 8th.  The council voted 10-0 in favor, with one abstention (not voiced.)

Enci and Stephen Box showed up, as did Hanako Moondance, Katie O’Shea, and Tiffany Olmedo.  We brought the Twitter-struction in favor of the CBR – everyone of us being an active Twitter user – but it was unnecessary.  Palms NC has 3 commuter cyclists on the board, so there was little question about the motion passing.

I’m amazed at how much better we are at getting this document endorsed than a year ago.  We have practiced speeches that diffuse common objections before they are made, and we have snappy and eloquent answers to other objections.  We also have learned to offer positive incentives for endorsement, and we’ve learned to engage council members on multiple levels.  As well, the notoriety of Stephen Box in particular is always an assist, preparing the ground so that when we arrive, the NCs know who we are, and roughly, what we’re about.

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