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.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

While I am on the subject...

it seems that the advocacy of cycling is continuing to blossom.  But why not?  The Wall Street Journal has deemed us "all powerful" and we have a lot of work to do to live up to the reputation.  I just received a summation of our last committee meeting for a Bike Friendly Kalamazoo which was encouraging and would probably be significant except that most people don't believe we exist.  We're so insecure about it, we even had campaign buttons made
just to convince visitors they had been someplace.
   But we are the real deal, we've got buildings and stuff to prove it.  We've been struggling with public identity since the Gibson Guitar Co. moved, but who needs a bunch of millionaire pop stars to put us on the map?
We have bike lanes
and more importantly an "all powerful" committee.
All kidding aside, the group is comprised of more than 30 people who are not only local cyclists, but business people and largely officials from the contiguous communities and road commissions.  They actually schedule time into their work weeks to collaborate and plan future improvements.  So far over 50 new routes have been identified for consideration and most importantly they all voted in favor of establishing an area wide planning organization for the coordinated development of non-motorized transportation.
We have quite a way to go but something like Gronningen can become a reality in the US with the right kind of enthusiasm and foresight.
During the era of the "first bike boom" in the seventies, while we were dodging half-empty beers from passing cars, people in Europe were developing real infrastructure.  Their bike boom blossomed into a viable form of  urban transportation while ours languished into isolated groups of fitness enthusiasts on country roads. I promise you Dorothy, your nightmares will come true. 

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