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Adding the human element…
I think we can all agree that transportation infrastructure design is about facilitating the mobility of people. People in cars, on foot, riding bicycles, in wheelchairs, on skateboards and so on…
Interaction between designers and the user community is key – acutely so.
The process of interacting comes usually in the form of events.  Attempts by designers to connect and get feedback.
Designers deal in demographics.  Demographics boiled down are the types of users calculated into percentages. 
I think we can all agree that it is difficult to connect with users – and that accurately measuring percentages of “potential user” and “user” estimates is an art – hindered by the time a design company has to apply to any particular infrastructure design…
But what if there was a place 100% dedicated to reaching out to users/potential users planted right in the middle of the neighborhood?  A place that was opened 40 hours a week meeting people? And what if this place had a group of volunteers out riding through neighborhoods handing out fliers, holding meetings and workshops, educating users and potential users –  on a full-time basis?
That place exists.  It’s called BICYCLE HOUSE. I founded it myself because I grew up using the roads and sidewalks of the Southside and I feel like there is unique possibility here – to really bring change through spotlighting the potential of utilizing practicality to get by in life…
Please commissioners and bureaucrats – please consider utilizing the potential of Bicycle House.  We are here to give your designers a closer perspective.  We know the people who use your streets and sidewalks to get to work.  We have been here listening to them for 11 years. Been out in the community riding, walking, and talking with them.  
I am not saying all this to blow my horn/prove how smart I am…. I am admittedly a common fool.  The blind stumbling process of my “life path” led me to start BH and once I saw the potential my only choice was to lash myself to the tiller and proceed.  Still lashed to the tiller. Still convinced there should be a mini-bicycle house in every neighborhood….  Let’s do this.
Note: I am kind of stuck volunteering at BH – busy following the path of our mission – trying to respond to people and their needs… Trying to organize all the bicycles and parts you fantastic people out there send to us.  Please, if you read this and you know a political figure or bureaucrat who you think needs to know about us, please let them know we are here!