Monday, April 29, 2013

Bicycles; An Integral Part Of Your Emergency Plan?

Thanks to Barb at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington for sending me this one. It's an article by a emergency planner on how bicycles can be an integral part of disaster preparedness and response.

We saw it after Tropical Storm Sandy on the east coast this year. Public transit was flooded and at a standstill, even for weeks after the storm passed. People took to their bikes to get supplies and to get where they needed to go.

This article says simply owning a bike and using it regularly increases your ability to deal with any kind of disaster because you are more likely to be fit and healthy, prepared for physical and mental challenges and you can cover considerable distances by bicycle even when roads are closed to cars and mass transit. Here's more on how your bike could help you fend for yourself in the case of disasters of all kinds.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.