Cyclists are Using Red Cups to Protest Unsafe Bike Lanes
Cyclists are seeing red.
Bike advocates around the country are using the red Solo cups to demonstrate the need for better bike lanes that actually protect cyclists by physically separating them from traffic.
Reports of the so-called Red Cup Project are coming in from all over. So far, we know they’re in D.C., where activist Dave Salovesh was just killed in an unprotected bike lane:
If you doubt that individuals have the power to create change, follow #RedCupProject honoring @darsal today. Around the country, people are fighting for safer roads w/ small but effective acts modeled by Dave. It’s up to leaders to listen & prove our actions can match our words. pic.twitter.com/gbpR6PFNYz
— Charles Allen (@charlesallen) April 26, 2019
— Peter Cheung (@bostonaruban) April 26, 2019
Brave little cups deployed at 7am here in Porter Square for the #RedCupProject, a global demonstration to show that #PaintIsNotProtection. We need bollards here, @CambMA @CDDat344 @cambbikesafety pic.twitter.com/vuCbKrU3Yq
— Lena Webb (@finitealright) April 26, 2019
And New York City
Imagine a transportation planner designing a street where the only thing protecting people on bikes from cars and trucks was a tomato or a paper cup. We’d think that was ridiculous. And yet planners think nothing of “protecting” bike lanes with paint. #demandmore #RedCupProject pic.twitter.com/UtVCq6iZZ7
— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) April 26, 2019
— BikePGH (@BikePGH) April 26, 2019
The #RedCupProject in Austin has started. Join me to #DemandMore of @austintexasgov and insist that they prioritize people and end incrementalism with #VisionZero. #RehumanizeMobility @KXAN_News @KVUE @KUT @TexasTribune @cbsaustin pic.twitter.com/QcHUjymi0f
— ????? (@KatieDeolloz) April 26, 2019
— Jonathan Fertig (@rightlegpegged) April 26, 2019
The project was organized by Denver bike advocate Jonathan Fertig.
Fertig told Streetsblog: “Our hope is that the
#RedCupProject will impress upon Mayor Bowser in DC, Mayor Hancock in Denver and mayors/city councilors everywhere that there’s no more time to delay to rapid deployment of safe cycling infrastructure.”
The protest is an example of “tactical urbanism,” in which temporary unsanctioned public demonstrations call attention to design failings.