Mayor Teri Johnston and the Key West City Commission proclaimed December 11, 2022, as Bicycle Action Committee Day in honor of that organization's efforts.
According to the 2020 census, over 14 percent of the commuters who live in Key West travel to work by bike. That's 24 times the national average.
However, statistics show that cyclists are disproportionally affected by roadway collisions.
Richard A Cahlin, founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Bicycle Action Committee "have shown significant leadership across the State of Florida advocating for bicycle safety, and the Bicycle Action Committee has provided generous support in the funding, design, and production of jerseys to improve awareness and safety of bicyclists in Key West," reads the proclamation.
Cahlin and the City's Multimodal Transportation Coordinator, Ryan Stachurski, accepted the proclamation.
The committee, said Cahlin, works with participating cities, raising funds from the private sector to create the high visibility jerseys.
"We want them to slow down, yield, and create a safe space for cyclists," he said, noting that proceeds from the jerseys go right back into the community to fund its bike initiatives.
In the photo from L to R: Commissioners Mary Lou Hoover, Lissette Carey, and Jimmy Weekley, Mayor Teri Johnston, Richard Cahlin, Multi-Modal Coordinator Ryan Stachurski, Vice-Mayor Sam Kaufamn, and Commissioners Billy Wardlow and Clayton Lopez.