This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Once again I'm overwhelmed

  A couple of years ago I chose to move to the metropolis of Kalamazoo, Mi.(yes it exists outside of legend) after my house in the country burned down.  My reasons were several but one important one is the bike friendliness of the community.  Being self-employed, I could have easily moved to Lansing or Grand Rapids, but I like to bike.  The other communities are just not as bike developed as Kzoo.
   Not only have the cities of Kalamazoo and the adjacent Portage installed bike lanes

 wherever they  fit, they constantly surprise me with more pandering to the cycling community.    At a recent bike club meeting, we were informed that the city of Portage wanted our advice to spend 20K they had available for repairs wherever we felt was needed most.
   Now Kzoo has announced the availability of bike lockers at 4 locations downtown to convenience commuters.
At $10 per month, $50 per season or $100 per year, I think it's a program that could flourish.
Considering they already have been proactive by creating  indoor  parking facilities at three locations,
 I am amazed.
   To a guy who,"back in the day," got used to being hit with flying beers and sticks from passing cars, 
I may have stumbled into heaven.  
I, for one, am not moving to Portland--it rains too much there.

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