SoundVision LLC invited SAFE to their podcast

“Streets are not just for motor vehicles. They are transportation pathways used for many types of vehicles, motorized or otherwise. We exist to make these streets safe for all users including bicycles, pedestrians, and motor vehicles.”

On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Michelle from SoundVision sit down with President Kevin Elder and Member at Large John Finney from Street Access for Everyone (SAFE).

Listen to the podcast here:

In honor of local cyclist Earl Gillon:

Learn how Kevin and John’s passion for cycling transitioned to promoting change for road safety. Kevin and John discuss the goals and impacts of SAFE and what initiatives they are taking to provide change.

“We are your Lake Norman area advocacy group for safer streets. Streets are not only for motorized vehicles. They are transportation pathways used by cars, motorcycles, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians. We exist to make these streets safer for all users.

Street Access for Everyone, Lake Norman (SAFE) is a 501(c)(3) born out of a need to increase the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on our local roadways. This occurred following a spate of accidents involving local cyclists, including the death of a local cyclist, and several local pedestrians.”

SAFE’s Mission:
  • “To encourage and drive advocacy for the safety of all road users.”
  • “To effectively collaborate with town councils and law enforcement in the Lake Norman area.”
  • “To drive positive change and improvements for our current and future road users.”
SAFE Activities and Outreach:
  • “Attend Town Council Meetings.”
  • “Collaborate with Law Enforcement.”
  • “Collaborate with local driving school(s).”
  • “Work with local town advisory boards (e.g., Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board).”
  • “Clear road signs to increase visibility.”
  • “Replace all “Share the Road” signs with ‘Bikes May Use Full Lane (BMUFL)’ signs.”
  • “Educate all road users regarding current NCDOT laws.”
  • “Collaborate with local towns regarding pedestrian and cycling safety issues.”

To learn more about SAFE:

Who are Kevin and John?

Kevin Elder has an extensive background in Engineering. Kevin has been a designer for Ingersoll Rand for almost 15 years. Currently, he designs industrial air compressors for Ingersoll Rand.

John Finney has been an IT Pro for over 20 years. Currently, John works privately in Cyber Security.

More about the accident that took the life of local cyclist Earl Gillon.

Check out SoundVision’s Podcast with Kevin Elder and John Finney, as well as our other podcasts, on Apple and Spotify.

Zwift: The Ultimate Virtual Cycling Platform

Are you tired of riding alone on your indoor trainer? Do you want to spice up your workouts and make them more enjoyable? If yes, then Zwift is the perfect platform for you.

Zwift is a virtual cycling platform that allows you to ride in a virtual world, complete with stunning landscapes and challenging routes. You can ride solo, join group rides or races, and connect with other cyclists from all over the world.

How it works: To get started with Zwift, you need a few things: a bike, an indoor trainer, a computer or mobile device, and an internet connection. You will also need to create a Zwift account and download the app.

Once you have everything set up, you can start riding. Zwift uses a combination of sensors, such as speed sensors and power meters, to track your speed, power, and cadence. This information is then used to control your avatar in the virtual world.

You can choose from a variety of routes, ranging from flat roads to steep climbs. The virtual world is filled with other riders, and you can see them as you ride. You can chat with them, give them a thumbs up, or even draft behind them to conserve energy.

Features Zwift offers – Several features that make it the ultimate virtual cycling platform:

  1. Group rides and races: You can join organized rides or races, which take place at scheduled times. This is a great way to challenge yourself and push your limits.
  2. Training plans: Zwift offers a variety of training plans for all levels of riders. These plans are designed by professional coaches and tailored to your specific fitness level and goals.
  3. Virtual power-ups: You can earn virtual power-ups, such as a speed boost or a draft boost, by riding through specific areas on the course. These power-ups can give you an edge in races or help you climb hills faster.
  4. Social features: You can connect with other riders from all over the world, chat with them, and join virtual clubs. You can also see how you stack up against other riders on the leaderboards.

Benefits Zwift offers – several benefits for indoor cycling:

  1. Fun and engaging: Zwift makes indoor cycling more fun and engaging by adding a virtual world and other riders to the mix.
  2. Motivating: Zwift can be a great source of motivation, as you can set goals, track your progress, and compete with other riders.
  3. Efficient: Zwift allows you to get a great workout in a short amount of time. You can choose from a variety of routes and workouts, so you can get a specific type of training in.
  4. Safe: Riding indoors on Zwift is safer than riding on the road, especially in bad weather or at night.

Conclusion: Zwift is the ultimate virtual cycling platform, offering a fun and engaging way to ride indoors. With a variety of routes, group rides, and training plans, there is something for every level of rider. If you want to spice up your indoor training and connect with other cyclists from around the world, then Zwift is the perfect platform for you.