Cyclists riding bikes along the water in Warren County NY

2024 Lloyd Mott Cycling Scholarship Awarded

The Adirondack Cycling Advocates is proud to announce that this year, they are giving out two scholarships due to the exceptional essays received by the scholarship committee. Jack Sweet, a graduating Senior from Glens Falls High School, is the recipient of the $2,500.00 scholarship. Samuel Burns, a graduating Senior from Lake George High School, is the recipient of the $1,500.00 scholarship. The Lloyd Mott Cycling Scholarship is based on a written essay that focuses on cycling safety and an idea or project that could be put in place by local governments or cycling activists to ensure the safety of all cyclists.

Jack’s essay questions why our region, and more importantly America, is so unsafe for cyclists and what can be done. He states that unlike cities in Europe and Asia that share roads between modes of transportation, streets in America have been adapted or solely built to accommodate motor vehicles. He believes that by working with local governments and concerned cyclists, the construction of dedicated bike lanes and bike bridges along major traffic arteries could be built, providing safer navigation for the cycling population.

Samuel’s essay addresses improving the safety of cyclists and the perceived safety of cycling as a sport. More knowledge of cycling is needed. This could be accomplished by informative posters at local bicycle shops or by including a section about cyclists on the roads within the 5-hour pre-licensing driving course. The section would include information on how to be safe from the driver’s perspective, such as being vigilant, slowing down, and giving more space to cyclists on the road. He also writes that the cycling community has to advertise themselves and educate the population of the long-term physical, emotional, and environmental benefits.

Jack will attend SUNY Plattsburgh, and Sam will attend St. John Fisher University in the Fall.

From left to right- Sam Burns, Mary Jane Huntley (ACA), Barbara Joudry, ACA Chairperson, and Jack Sweet.

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