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, December 29, 2014

Advances at the speed of daylight.

Now that the solstice has passed we are gaining about a minute of daylight a day.  We, here in Michigan, have only seen a glimpse of faux winter last month.  The difference a year makes.
Last year we had record cold, now record warmth.  The candy cane walkways in the park look a little lackluster without snow.

Our cross country ski track is open for business.  Really, this is Michigan, people were out there playing golf yesterday!  Anyway, we make slow progress,    The temps are dropping as fast as the daylight increases.  Waiting for the real winter to hit is like torture.   I want it over now, 

I'll talk I'll tell you anything!!  Just get on with it!
In the world of advocacy, things are also crawling forward.

Now two different roads have had "sharrows" installed 
to designate shared lanes on busy thoroughfares.

Signage to accompany them has not been installed so many people are riding and driving around thinking "What? ...did I just run over?"  before speeding up to stop at the next light.  
Actually I rode the busiest street and noticed that people were rather polite, they slowed and waited for an opportunity to change lanes and pass.  In the past, they would have crawled right up behind and impatiently laid on the horn, before peeling off some rubber on the way around.  I might have caught them on a good day, but that is the difference I have seen elsewhere.
 It's a change, cyclists and drivers alike will complain. Criticism from the cycling community is just a cry to maintain the status quo, weekly group rides in the country on elite racing machines only,  
I think the best solution is to make private auto use illegal within the city limits.   
Just as our infrastructure is moving forward, so is our technology.  I admit there are times when I think that all the tech is lost on one such as myself.  It all seems to be about racing and I don't.  I like the new stuff, disc brakes look promising, tubeless tires are ok, but they aren't real game changers to me.  Then I see something with the potential to change every thing. 
Hopefully Kickstarter can get this going in time to save us from global warming.

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