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Since the chicken issue has flown the coop & the Blog of Record ashamedly went on a witch hunt, we have to have some poltical salt water taffy to chew on, as we head towards the September 24th Preliminary Election.
We The People are binging on Bicycles! And, the local Blogs play the tune!
From the yucksters over at Sons of Franky Cabot, Ned brings us:
The revolution has started. (-snip)
It was only a matter of time before the city took notice. Enter the City employee bike share program. Sure it’s only four bikes right now, but we expect this wave of enthusiasm to extend to the council chambers. Since its time to get into it, I thought I should take it upon myself to thoughtfully recommend the most appropriate pedal powered options for our sitting council.
Unicycle: Trading performance and efficiency for showmanship and nonconformity.
Councilors Mercier & Elliott.
2-man Tandem: The ultimate intersection of team work and strategy. Plus, you can harness Rita’s wind when Rodney gets tired of pedaling.
Take it from a seasoned blogger. It is totally NSFW, but do make a habit out of visiting SoFC. I consider it a ‘guilty pleasure.’ Who knew, Joe Rogan would be my latest internet swami? Snuggle up with a pitbull, crack a Zima, kick back and let SoFC take you away.
Gerry Nutter did not go long without sharing his thoughts..
Really buying bikes? Truthfully how many people do you see bicycling to work or school? This isn’t Cambridge, Somerville or Lexington, can we stop trying to make Lowell something it isn’t.
Gerry’s resounding, “Get OFF my Lawn!” has been met with mixed emotions.
Dick Howe take’s us “across the pond,” over to Germany and then back to assert:
I know bicycles and public transportation seem radical concepts to some, but for city dwellers, that mixture plus pedestrian friendly sidewalks (i.e., car owners don’t use the sidewalk for vehicle parking) seem like a pretty good alternative to everyone driving everywhere every time. That’s why I welcomed the news yesterday that the city of Lowell has purchased four bicycles for the use of its employees on official business. It’s good for the city to lead by example.
Last, but not least, Kad Barma makes a valiant effort to sort through all the noise. As a Downtown dweller and bike rider, Kad gets props from me:
my recommendation? if you want more bikes, get one. if you want more bike riders, be one. and i’ll bet you right here and right now you’ll become a more experienced and useful advocate for the kinds of sensible co-existence strategies that have evolved in europe over, let’s face it, an entire century of riding because it’s the best way to get around, not just the last few “hey, let’s get greener” years.
those of us who like to ride, ride. (ironically, the reason i don’t ride more is that my grocery store is so close, that it’s easier to walk). i ride occasionally to play soccer some dozen miles from here, but mostly i ride because it’s recreational for me. i’ve ridden on monday night with the crew of young people who take off from city hall every monday, and i’ve ridden with friends who have time and inclination to get and stay in shape, too. but i’m not commuting to work on one not least reason for which being the rain and snow we endure here in new england all too frequently. …
The thing that struck me more than the pros and cons of the issue, was how much energy went into the conversation, online.
The blogs are here for you all. It does Lowell good, if more and more of us join in, helping to build a consensus that is not dependent on just a few, select perspectives.
PS. Another venue for Lowell talk is Facebook. Although, if you aren’t subscribed to Facebook, you can’t access it. But, here are a couple of grabs.
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