bicycle day

November 1st, 2005 Posted in Advocacy, Events, General Stuff, Rants

adam always want hyperlinks and pictures but i am a prose man. hyperlinks and pictures are great but i am so computer illiterate it takes me an hour and a half just find a suitable picture and then transfer it so you can see it.
CAPS LOCK BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A SWEET IDEA
I HAD THIS GREAT IDEA ON SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE SHOWER. AN OUTSIDE BICYCLE MAINTENANCE DAY ONCE A MONTH WHERE WE HAVE SOME STRUCTURE FOR 1-2 HOURS WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEARN BASIC BICYCLE REPAIR STUFF, TUBE CHANGE, BRAKE ADJUSTMENT AND THEN IN THE AFTERNOON FREE BIKE REPAIR FOR THE CATS WHO BRING THEIR BIKES ALONG. I PICTURED A BUNCH OF ADULTS AND KIDS BRINGING THEIR PUSHBIKES TO GET A BIT OF WORK DONE FOR NOTHING OR DONATION.

I FIGURED SOMEWHERE LIKE PRINCE ALFRED PARK IN REDFERN WOULD BE PERTINENT GIVEN THE CURRENT MOVE TO ELIMINATE BICYCLE ACCESS. WE COULD ACCOMPANY THE BICYCLE THEME WITH A SWEET VEGAN BARBECUE, PAULA IS ITCHING TO SORT THE BARBECUE OUT. WE COULD HAVE MUSIC, ALL BUGS ARE INVITED.

I THINK THE IMPETUS FOR THIS IDEA WAS RIDING A WONDERFULLY THERAPEUTIC AND RELAXED CRITICAL MASS LAST FRIDAY. I REALISED HOW MANY CYCLISTS SEEB CYCLING AS A SPORT AND DRIVE A CAR WHEN THEY ARE NOT TRAINING OR RACING AND FURTHER STILL HOW MANY CYCLISTS, RACING OR OTHERWISE PROBABLY DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT CRTITICAL MASS IS.

PEOPLE WHO ALREADY USE THEIR BIKE AS TRANSPORT NEED TO BE FOCUSSED ON I THINK, THEY ARE WHO STAND TO BENEFIT FROM INCREASED FACILITIES.
THE OTHER THING THAT STRUCK ME WAS HOW UNINVOLVED BICYCLE SHOPS ARE IN HOW BICYCLE USERS END UP EXPERIENCING THE USE OF THEIR BIKE AS TRANSPORT, THE COMPLACENCY WITH WHICH SHOPS TREAT THEIR CUSTOMERS RATHER THAN TRYING TO IMPROVE THEIR EXPERIENCE.
ANOTHER POOR ARTICULATION BUT MAYEB YOU GET MY DRIFT, I AM NOT SAYING WE ARE NOT THE SAME, JUST THE LACK OF SHOP EMPLOYEES OR OWNERS AT AN ESTABLISHED EVENT LIKE CRITICAL MASS IS DAMNING IN A LOT WAYS
SAFE RIDING
DAVID
caps lock has been retired until my next genius plan, hangtight for bicyle day dates, i hope to have one before christmas