my name is zack and i just moved to chicago to start teaching at colmbia college chicago. i'm not too much of an internet forum user....mainly from seeing too many arguments between people online. i'm certainly not against online communication, it's just not really my thing. and i hate all the abbreviations.
i've been a bike commuter and a teacher since the late 1990s and i've played in a handful of punk bands over the years. i spend way too much time thinking about bicycles and transportation because i've been working on a book about bike culture & car culture for quite sometime now. i actually posted a survey through one of these pages during the winter and didn't realize the etiquitte involved with posting messages, etc. **** happens, i guess. like i said, i'm not used to this format of communication. regardless, it was cool that so many people emailed me responses and it's been helpful to have other people to bounce ideas off of. thanks!
chicago has been ok so far, but despite the bike lanes, i've never been around such crazy drivers in my entire life. the 5 or 6 way intersections are insane as well....you can't tell if someone is veering, turning, turning sharply, etc. i love riding in traffic, but i'm pretty psyched about having the bike path option.
however the wind from the lake is intense! it was like riding through jello. uphill.
after the school year gets rolling and i get this book finished, i'm planning on getting involved with transportation advocacy and environmental justice issues. i think there needs to be far more collaboration between cyclists and people trying to address the transportation needs of people of color. however, i need to get to know the city better before i get myself involved in any activist groups. i don't know my ass from my elbow yet (in terms of the local culture, subculture, etc.)
i've found these forums to be interesting places for discussions about cycling issues, and i've learned a lot from reading people's responses to advocacy issues....even the tiresome debate about bike paths and vehicular cycling.
that's about it. take it easy, and maybe i'll see you on the street (or in the classroom....or at a show....or at a demonstration).