What, do I have to read every blog out there about biking?
Thanks to Hubs and Spokes, a very thorough blog on NYC transportation issues, I learned that the NY Times blog,
made space for us New Yorkers to Ask this guy questions. who is this guy? This clean cut dapper fellow is: Joshua Benson, the bicycle program coordinator for the Department of Transportation. I know what your thinking, the DOT has a bicycle program coordinator? Yes its true and besides having to wear a tie, you get to oversee the three year plan to extend the 200 mile bicycle network. Here are some of the answers to the questions asked.
May 14th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Why is this man so excited: A) Its bike to work day? B) Its not excitement, his Jockstrap is breaking the speed record before the rest of his body? C) he just bought a new track bike and they forgot the saddle? D) He just got tickets to the 2008 Bicycle Film Festival…of course. Thats right…you know the deal…Get your tickets early. Don’t forget, the BFF this year falls during Critical Mass weekend…knowwhatdyamean!
Here’s what you do:
1) go to the website 2) Decide what programs you wanna see. 3) Buy tickets 4) Get elated look like the guy pictured above.
Not only is it bike month, why its also Bike-to-Work week, only this time its looking a whole lot more appealing for people who just put another $50.00’s worth of gas in their tank. Even the main stream press is getting into this like CNN running this story on San Diegans biking to work to save money and loose weight. Who knew. click image for video: Unfortunately this was followed by a story of how a car plowed into a Marshalls store. Thats one way to get to work.
Not to ring some sort of self righteous bell here but it does feel pretty good to have all this positive energy about the benefits of biking for a better environment. Bike-to-work week was put together by the league of American Bicyclists , to set up during bike month and leading up to bike to work day…which is Friday the 16th.
Meanwhile the EPA has a question of the week. “To Bike or not to Bike to Work.”
There is a new scene in the fixie world, in a most unexpected place, Thailand. I’ve been to Bangkok and it really seemed that the bicycle was an alien concept and so outnumbered between the two and three wheeled masses of mopeds, motorcycles and tuk tuk’s. Its great news to see people building with the bike and forming a local scene. I’m sorry but fixed gears in Thailand…thats so hot.
They’re having an event on Saturday…drop by if you can.
Damn, raining all day and I can’t replant my lawn or the begonias we bought at the Farmers market.
I wanted to make a few confessions and corrections.
1) Artist in LA who made Obama spoke cards is not a guy, it is a woman named Margaret Coble and she has a website where she sell prints and t-shirts. artbymags.com
2) I am not a vegetarian. I was at one point but I went to work on the Anthony Bourdain show and the first thing he asked me in a Thai restaurant in LA was if I was one of them. Maybe he did some instant ponytail profiling. From then on I ate what was ever put in front of me so as not to offend any of our guests and feel the wrath of this outspoken host who I really wanted to like me…and therefore keep me on other shows. Now I kind of eat whatever, but I’m trying to get it back. I miss having food standards. I am also compassionate about animals, except for that foul beast who took my bike. I just don’t like people assuming that because I write a bike blog that I am down with every cause under the sun. I especially don’t like when political people criticize you for participating in one thing and not in another as if it is all mutually connected. Like when people bitch that all the “white people” should have taken the critical Mass over to Queens to protest the wrongful acquittal of those police who murdered Sean Bell. Its hard enough to get 10 people to even come to critical mass let alone hijack it to a protest they would normally not know about. I also don’t like going to protests on specific issues like police brutality and their are a bunch of people trying to tell you to free Palestine and support the hospital for transvestite sex workers in Sri Lanka. One cause at a time please.
3) I mentioned in my posting that when my bike got stolen I ran immediately to Continuum Bike Shop. It was pointed out to me that it kind of made it sound like I was implicating them as some sort of chop shop or fence operations for stolen goods. The truth is Jeff and the crew at Continuum have made lots of progress to alert people that they will, under no circumstances accept any bikes or bike parts that they think are stolen. I just went their right away thinking they could help and wanted to see if the thief was dumb enough to go to the closest bike shop right away.
4) Since we’re getting it all out in the open. I also own a car. Its not bio-diesel it doesn’t run or Hemp powder. Its a Volkswagen Jetta given to us by our Aunts as a wedding present. So if you see me rollin around town in a red car…don’t hate.
When your out riding your bike in traffic you need a fresh drink to cool your jets. To dispel the fact that we bikers are not a bunch of vegan tree-huggers, there is a new drink series that “meats” our needs.