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Coming up on Connections: Friday, July 2

Gino Fanelli / CITY Magazine

First hour: Discussing "Carrie Ray's 3-Foot Passing Law"

Second hour: What shapes culture and custom?On Tuesday, Monroe County passed a new law with the goal of protecting bicyclists. The 3-Foot Passing Law, also known as “Carrie’s Law,” requires drivers to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing a cyclist. It’s named after Carrie Ray, a 46-year-old teacher from Clarkson who was struck and killed by a truck while cycling in 2019. How will the new law be enforced? How do local cyclists feel about it? We talk about bike safety and bike culture in Monroe County with our guests:

  • Jesse Peers, local cyclist, and cycling coordinator for Reconnect Rochester
  • Cassandra Kelly, local lifestyle cyclist, community support specialist, and performing artist
  • Julie Tjhung, local cyclist
  • Bryan Agnello, local cyclist, and senior broadcast engineer for WXXI

Then in our second hour, if you're going out to an Italian restaurant, what do you expect to find on the menu? Spaghetti and meatballs is not exactly an authentic Italian dish. But does it matter? Culture and custom are shaped by a long list of forces, especially when people move to new communities. We examine ways in which we retain aspects of culture while blending old and new together. Our guests:

  • Pauly Guglielmo, podcaster
  • Simona Benenati, communications coordinator for Flower City Arts Center
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.