"we have waited for quite a while for a plan, let alone actual lanes (which is another debate). i totally agree with marking the road with a green bicycle outline and a PR campaign that informs drivers AND cyclists the rights to the road/lane. If Jennings ISN'T able to endorse THAT, then maybe one of the other canidates for mayor WILL. it's another topic for the meeting tonight, there needs to be some strong arming done with city hall that's obvious. since there's stimulus money being spent on illconcieved ideas already. the police? that's another one for sure- taking the lane is an approach alot of inexperienced cyclists are not comfortable with it seems. there are ALOT of people who would love to ride our streets and commute, but don't feel safe. especially with agressive drivers thinking cyclists by law are supposed to be on the sidewalks. maybe every cyclist should get some lane marking paint. can we agree on a color & symbol? of course i'm not advocating vandalism, i'm just sayin'..... when & how's it gonna change? what are you willing to do to make it happen? i'm gonna lobby city hall, buy some paint (maybe), and take the lane. and i'll be at the meeting tonight, and i'll try to be at every possible bike event, all the time. see YOU tonight!"
Yeah, I said it. I'm really tired of all the talking heads. Even if it's the yammering I agree with. All I hear is talk.
...and when I quit smoking, I thought, "hell, I should be able to spend the money I saved from not smoking on bike stuff..." that hasn't happened.
and when my basement flooded because the city can't clean the storm drains I thought.... "well, I'll file a claim and they'll pay it". NO, I paid for the water heater and dryer and took the loss on ALL the stuff thrown out.
and because I ride my bike to work - one less car in traffic, one less vehicle creating waste, I should get some respect for it, No. All I want is a little respect! how about just some respect.
My boss refers to me as Lance and always has some half assed remark. Some mom in a minivan is gonna make my kids grow up without a father, so she can get to the next red light thirty seconds sooner....
And everyone wants a bike lane everywhere they go....
If you're not willing to roll up your sleeves, and commit your so precious time, then it must not be worth your time to comment on. Or so you would think. So when I go to the bicycle coalition meeting tonight, will it be three people, or fourteen? or twentyfive people, each willing to take on one task, for the purpose of making cycling better for many? The cynical skeptic says... I'll be there by myself. The optomist hopes for twenty people with a desire to change something, and take action. But it's so easy to sit at home and complain online, without a face, or responsiblity.
Again, Bike Month is every month. Commuting is year round. Cycling is almost as much fun as when you were ten, just that life has gotten more serious. Take off the computer and ENJOY the ride. Ride in the rain. Ride late at night, in the snow. You can't expect others to do, what you will not commit to doing yourself. Basically .... action, not words. off to the meeting, to see how many people actually will 'DO', versus 'expect'.
Stoked 3. March 2011
Injustice for All. UAG, March 2011
Dead Presidents Lounge. January 2011
Last Call. Marketplace Gallery, December 2010
Send2 Show. UAG, November 2010
The Wine Bar & Bistro. November 2010
Dead Presidents Lounge. November 2010
Townsend Cafe. October 2010
unDead. UAG, October 2010
Townsend Cafe. September 2010
Members Only. UAG, August 2010
Danger!. UAG, July 2010
People's Choice. UAG, June 2010
Marketplace Gallery Fundraiser. May 2010
The Yellow Show. UAG, May 2010
ConTEXT. UAG, April 2010
Rosen Gallery. April 2010
SLICK. UAG, March 2010
Infinity & Beyond. UAG, Febuary 2010
ARTributes. UAG, January 2010
Small Works. UAG, December 2009
Art for Animals. Spencertown Academy, November 2009
Fresh Produce. UAG, November 2009
Myth Conceptions. UAG, October 2009
Tag! UAG, September 2009
Utopia. UAG, August 2009
Off the Wall. UAG, July 2009
People's Choice. UAG, June 2009
Vacant Artist Project. TNO, May 2009
Grand Tour. UAG, May 2009
Loose Threads. UAG, April 2009
Issues. UAG, March 2009
The Blue Show. UAG, Febuary 2009
New Beginnings. UAG, January 2009
Stokes Gallery Show, December 2008
50/50. UAG, December 2008
Futura. UAG, November 2008
Buried City. UAG, October 2008
Dream Wheels. UAG, May 2008
Dirt Rag/Rays MTB Park
-photo contest finalist
I sold my car. I ride my bike where
I need to go. I take pictures. I say dumb things when I manage to get one of my big feet out of my mouth. I'm
about 3 cases of beer shy of entering in the clydesdale class. Technology
challenged, a retro-grouch. Bad luck
follows me everywhere. Don't ride close, you might flat after me.
libertyonbikes (at) aol.com
This next year?
I swear I'll:
A. drop some weight
B. make a few more races
C. offend another ten percent
D. keep putting my feet in my mouth.
E. find a jersey that fits properly