As a part of the Bike Commute Challenge, I offered to friends and family the opportunity to have me escort them on a ride to their work or even easier for me.... to join me on mine. This morning, I was joined on the commute by Charles Radosta. I worked with Charles at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. and he's one of the best traffic signal design engineers out there. Charles is an important guy because he's one of the most knowledegable folks I know on the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices serving as the Oregon Section of ITE liason to the Oregon Traffic Control Devices Committee for the past 9 years.
It is great when design engineers are on bikes or walking, or riding transit, because in any of those cases (as an American) they are likely to be experiencing the transportation system differently than they are used to. It's the same as getting in a triple trailer truck and touring the City with a freight hauler.
It's this sort of interest in trying something new that will move us forward as community builders. In doing something new, you learn to appreciate another's perspective. So, Bravo Mr. Radosta and thanks for taking the time this morning.