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We Are Traffic to sponsor valet bike racks for Red Bird Art Walk

Keith Webb of We Are Traffic, a bicycle advocacy organization, was successful in obtaining a grant from the Maumee Valley Adventurers allowing him to purchase eight bike racks, which can hold a total of eight bicycles each. Webb has been given permission to set up bicycle valet parking on Maplewood Avenue near Main Street for the May 6 Red Bird Art Walk. “This is a great opportunity for We Are Traffic to sponsor the valet parking, which will be in a highly visible location and to be part of a great community event that is highlighting cycling during National Bicycle Month,” he noted. According to Webb, the racks will be available for rent for other events to accommodate cyclists.

Webb also worked with city of Sylvania’s Public Service Director Kevin Aller to facilitate the addition of the “hitch”-style bike racks that are on the existing horse head hitching posts on Main Street in front of Chandler Cafe and Reve Salon and Spa. Those racks were installed earlier in the year and Webb would like to see more installed.

Keith Webb demonstrated how to park a bike on the rack that will be on Maplewood Avenue at Main Street.

Keith Webb demonstrated how to park a bike on the rack that will be on
Maplewood Avenue at Main Street.

Webb founded We Are Traffic in 2012, three years after moving to the area. “I have been an advocate for cycling for years. And, I have been involved in advocacy everywhere I have lived,” he said. According to Webb, We Are Traffic promotes cycling as a viable form of transportation and to support events and activities such as the Red Bird Art Walk, Bike to Work Day, Ride of Silence and Safe Routes to School initiatives. “Our programming seeks to change behavior by giving people the tools they need to ride a bike: education, encouragement and community,” he pointed out.

“I began riding my bicycle 16 miles to work while I lived in Atlanta and learned quickly that motorists tend to regard roads as exclusive for vehicles. It became a slow process to educate people that the right-ofway is not just for motor vehicles. I joined the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and had the privilege of attending the National Bicycle Summit in Washington D.C. where I learned about advocacy on the national stage. Later, I was able to repeat visits representing Tennessee and now Ohio,” he offered.

As of January, Webb moved the organization to an office suite at 6540 W. Central Ave. where a variety of bicycle classes are held along with meetings and more. For more information, check out WeAreTraffic.org

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