Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy MLK Day. Share #Cycling with Everyone.

On January 28, 2015, there will be a #CapitalBikeshare open house at the Martin Luther King, Jr. library in Washington, DC from 6-8 p.m.  You can find out about expansion plans, and proposed fees increases.  Drop in, but keep in mind that the cost with the price increase is still less than other major cities.  And don't heckle.  Nobody likes a heckler.

The bike share manufacturing and supply company formerly known as #Alta is now called #Motivate.  As in, "I hope you people feel motivated to continue making share bikes and do not waste capital on frivolities such as a corporate brand name changes that will require a re-do of the letterhead and awnings."  Sounding motivated himself, the CEO, Jay Walder, gave an interview to Citylab about his plans to use data to better fund and plan the corporate path ahead.  The company is also leaving its roots in humble, bike-friendly Portland, Oregon and moving to New York City.  Walder is pictured above looking, well, motivated.  Or caffeinated, or something.

Is it the beginning of the end of Danish cycling supremacy?  Bike friendly #Denmark made itself so hospitable to two-wheeled citizens by keeping the speed limit for cars below 30 km.  A recent plan to up the speed limit may change Denmark's stellar #cycling safety record.

Meanwhile in Australia, #bicyclists were the object of ridicule and scorn on a Family Feud show.  Hahahahahah!  You were a penal colony, already.  Ok?  This show was covered by the Washington Post, which employs Courtland Milloy.  I pause here for all serious #cyclists to sigh.  Lest you should become upset, keep a little perspective.  Who watches Family Feud?  People in assisted living and one of my cousins whose source of income is murky.  And who reads Courtland Milloy?  My guess is the same crowd.  Ride on, care not, and be wonderfully cheerful in front of motorists who are not burning calories or experiencing the world outside a metal tomb.

So if I see you in the bike lanes, let's be smug.
Elisa P

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