Hi everyone. Â I have a busy day today – a graduation party for a former student, the last stack of final exams to grade, housework, etc. – but I wanted to share a few links before I head out to the partay.
First, thanks for @sulatuesday for sharing this article about perceptions of elitism about cyclists (and vegetarians, which I also happen to be). Â I wrote about the double standard that cyclists face here, here, and here. Â (Make sure to read the comments from the first post.) Â I love the argument the author of the article makes: that only on opposite day could “one of the cheapest forms of transportation on the planet” be regarded as elitist. Â As for the idea that cyclists believe that biking is a better form of transportation than driving; of course we do. That’s why we bike. Â I’m sure the car drivers out there feel the same way about driving.
Second, here’s a great article on Salon about efforts in some cities to slow traffic in residential areas, thus improving safety and perhaps making cycling equally as fast, if not faster, than driving. Â I wonder if this idea would get much traction in Memphis, and where it would best be employed.
Next, it looks like Brett over at Gotta Be Gritty took a nasty spill while biking in the bike lanes on Southern. Â The culprit for his spill was a piece of styrofoam, like you see inside car bumpers. Â It’s funny, but just this week I noticed similar debris on Southern. Â Fortunately Brett wasn’t seriously injured. Â Let’s all be careful out there.
Lastly, it’s good to see that Mayor Wharton is following up on his promise to make Madison Avenue the best street that it can be. Â The article’s a bit dated, but I wanted to share it anyway.
P.S. Bonus points to anyone who recognizes the song the title of this post pays homage to. Â Leave your guesses in the comments.