John Williams was one of the most creative and imaginative acknowledged leaders in the bicycle education field from its beginning. He created many bicyclist educational materials and curricula including co-authoring The Basics of Bicycling and The Guide to Bicycle Rodeos. His “Bicycle Safety – What Every Parent Should Know” booklet and his “Lou and His Friends Have Something Important to Tell You” helmet brochure, among others, were distributed to millions of people throughout the country. John was also an effective and generous teacher via countless workshops across the country sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, and many state and local government agencies and advocacy groups. He died on July 20, 2016 after living for many years with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
Contributions made in John’s honor to the Bike Walk Montana Comprehensive Education Program will encourage more children and adults across Montana to walk and ride bikes more often, and have more fun, and be safer as they do. The program provides resources, technical assistance, and hands-on training, and advocates for public policies that support people whenever and wherever they walk and ride.