See Cyclists. Save Lives.

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Being seen as we ride is the single best way to stay safe on our bikes. The problem is as you know, we aren’t always seen by drivers. In fact, most of them would rather we didn’t share the road with them at all.

Over the winter I’ll be creating a series of paintings and drawings to help raise awareness to this issue. The more we can share these thoughts with non-cyclists, the better our chances will be on the road.

Can you help me get seen?

I’ve started working on the project already and I’m hoping to get some help from local advocates for cycling safety, bike shops and manufacturers. The big plan is to create some of these paintings out in public — where I’m seen! Hmmm, what an idea.

If you have a great place for me to work and be seen, let me know. I’d love to work in a mall if anyone has a connection. Or in the lobby of a big office building. Each painting would take a couple of days to create and then I’d leave it there for a while as a message reminder.

If any of you have connections with local or national advocacy groups that could benefit from sharing the content, have them contact me — or better yet, introduce them with email, without connections so many of my efforts fall by the side of the road.

The more non-cyclists that we can connect with, the better for all of us.

 

Share when I post.

The simplest way to get noticed by non-cyclists drivers is to share the images with all your friends, yes I mean the non-bike riding friends. The one’s that don’t understand why you ride a bike on the public roads — they are our best hope. If they start to get it, maybe they will also be advocates for safer roads and cycling.

 

Thanks for your help.

By working together I know we have a better chance of improving the roads we ride on. During the winter months is a great time to start this process. Thank you for your help and if you have any ideas or thoughts on this project please be sure to get in touch right away.

Ride safe. m

 

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Michael Valenti is "The Veloist" - He is an avid cyclist and artist known for his Cycling Art work. Each year Michael chases the Pro Peloton at the Tour de France and other major cycling events. He is available for event and corporate cycling related projects as well as personal commissions for art.

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