image borrowed from deadbicycles.com
Riding a bike = freedom x happiness… Seeing bike skeletons ravaged and scavenged locked to some grave post has always hit me in the gut. In my mind, I hear myself whisper “that sucks” whether it’s audible or not. As of yet I have no idea who is behind this campaign/public art but it makes me just a little more proud of Richmond that this statement is being made here and that whoever came up with it lives here.
There’s a comment on the YouTube page that Tesla did this first.
Another really nice video via People for Bikes. Bikes = Smiles.
There aren’t very many things that make me happier than riding my bike. I love it. That said, I can not believe what these guys are doing on mountain bikes. It’s thrilling to see how far the art of capturing it on video has progressed. Mountain Bike video has always been “here he comes…there he goes” fisheye camera work but I’d be really curious to see what kind of dollies or cables they’re using to follow these riders through the woods. This trailer made me laugh out loud. I felt like a giddy child and that’s good.
I’m a motorist. I’m cyclist. I’m a recreational bicyclist. I’m also a pedestrian. I have 4 points of view here as it relates to road safety, courtesy and general cooperation. The one that wants to speak up is the one on a bike. If you are a motorist moving down the road in a 6ooo lb chunk of rubber and metal you may not fully appreciate what a more vulnerable and self propelled traveler experiences.
My point here is that cyclists take their life in their hands every time they get onto a public street. While cyclists and motorists may not see eye to eye a bicycle is a vehicle and entitled to both be on the road and be safe doing so. Most cyclists are also motorists. Most motorists are not cyclists.
Biking is about freedom, fitness, sustainability, self reliance. Given the way the world works today you have to have a car and a license to maximize your opportunities but some of us opt to ride a bike when it is suitable to do so and we’d all be a lot better off if more people did so more often and if our cities and towns were better set up to accommodate this option.
In sum. You can’t realistically suck on a Biggie Coke while texting at 30 mph on a bike. If you are doing so don’t you do dare honk at me in traffic.
There’s so much going on here. Zappa at the age of 22 on the Steve Allen show. No one has any idea who Zappa is yet.
Paraphrasing the peopleforbikes.org website:
Peopleforbikes.org is dedicated to … improving the future of bicycling. (Their) goal is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one, powerful voice—to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone.
They’re doing this through promoting bike lovers to take a pledge:
I am for bikes. I’m for long rides and short rides. I’m for commuting to work, weekend rides, racing, riding to school, or just a quick spin around the block. I believe that no matter how I ride, biking makes me happy and is great for my health, my community and the environment we all share. That is why I am pledging my name in support of a better future for bicycling—one that is safe and fun for everyone. By uniting my voice with a million others, I believe that we can make our world a better place to ride.
Gary Fisher is for bikes.