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Building Momentum
July 8, 2008, 10:45 am
Filed under: news, video | Tags: , , , , ,

Back to the future! I watched this last night, but couldn’t for the life of me find the real video embed stuff (way to go MSNBC!). No panic, of course another bike blogger would’ve seen it too! Bingo:

On so many levels this has never happened to me:
1. I watched the news and felt upbeat and excited afterwards
2. I watched the news and two stories (1 & 2) in a row were showing what used to be ‘alternative’ ideas as mainstream.
3. I watched the news because I turned it on, and I didn’t walk away
Thank goodness I was waiting for Hub to get ready to go get his bike at the shop or these great things would have never have happened to me.

 

building a bicycle infrastructure in Boston

building a bicycle infrastructure in Boston

I think this news item is good, but when it comes to exposure, building awareness and promoting usage, the web is already light years ahead. I just know the cycle phenomenon has grown way bigger in the US than most assume right now. It’s just a sad state of affairs that one still needs acknowledgment from the MSM to feel legit, public scrutiny and all.

(Speaking of scrutiny: no, I couldn’t even embed the video on Amsterdamize. The code is not compatible. But I’m happy linking you to a fellow bicycle nut…)



Change You Can Believe In
June 15, 2008, 2:56 pm
Filed under: news, photos | Tags: , , , ,

Obama On A BikeI know, hardly an original title. But of all the fluff passing as punditry and ‘news’ in the American presidential election, I couldn’t pass on this little non-issue: whether Barack Obama’s photo-op on a bike had anything of a Dukakis faux-pas going for it. Because, you know, wearing a helmet or not COULD potentially mean he’s pandering, or worse, seem unelectable…jeez.

At one of two lucrative campaign fundraisers in Chicago last night, at the home of a businessman who donates bicycles to charities, Obama explained that he faced a toss-up: Risking ridicule or sending children the right message about bike-gear.

“I had an internal debate,” Obama admitted, when a supporter thanked him for wearing a helmet. “Because I knew that the AP was going to take a picture, and they were trying to portray it like Dukakis wearing that tank helmet.

“But I wanted to make sure that the children who saw that picture knew that even the Democratic nominee for president wears a helmet when he goes biking,” he said to applause. “Now, obviously the rest of my apparel was apparently not up to snuff, because I got a hard time from all sorts of blogs… who said I looked like Urkel.”

Reading the article and the Chicago Tribune ‘blog’ post I cannot help but toss a few suggestions to the president-elect:

  • Get a bigger bike, your height begs for it;
  • Don’t ride on the side walk, your security detail can cover for ya when you boldly show what’s ‘wrong in this picture’;
  • Forget setting an example for kids, because it’s the wrong one, aka;
  • Fight/legislate for a better bike infrastructure > culture, so that American citizens will have choice, can stop whining about ‘the dangers of biking’ and your successor won’t ever have to worry about being ridiculed and avid cyclists & the public at large don’t need to endure this sort of sillyness ever again…

Now that would be change I could believe in.