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Old 12-23-08, 02:23 PM   #1
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Another Mainstream Car Free Endorsement

Another feel good article in the mainstream press about car free living.

She makes a point near the end that people don't often mention:

"The main thing that makes me feel safer on the city streets is other bike riders. The more of us on the road, the more car drivers are looking for the next bike. One of the best parts of my two years of car freedom has been watching the number of cyclists on Bay Area streets grow. Even on the coldest, darkest days of the year, my way is lit by the blinky lights of my fellow bikers. We chat with each other when we’re stopped at lights; we ride together for a few blocks until our paths diverge."

http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/i...-on-Two-Wheels
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Its nice, and I agree with what is said, but Berkeley is hardly "mainstream".
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Old 12-23-08, 08:29 PM   #3
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Ok. Perhaps not mainstream, but a nice article. When we read this kind of article in Time magazine, we'll know something has changed.

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I do my grocery shopping, run errands, and pick up heavy loads with my 30-pound bike and a bit of physical effort and the occasional assistance of my bike trailer. I am not a jock—I’m a 45-year-old woman with asthma, and I am, according to Kaiser, carrying around enough extra pounds to put my health in jeopardy (feh!). If I can do it, you probably can too. The bike is a wonderful invention that allows me to travel three times as fast as I would on foot with one-third the energy expenditure, so I don’t have to be superwoman to get myself where I need to go. Sixty percent of car trips are five miles or less—a distance easily traveled by bike, especially for those of us who live in the flats of the East Bay.
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Another feel good article in the mainstream press about car free living.

She makes a point near the end that people don't often mention:

"The main thing that makes me feel safer on the city streets is other bike riders. The more of us on the road, the more car drivers are looking for the next bike. One of the best parts of my two years of car freedom has been watching the number of cyclists on Bay Area streets grow. Even on the coldest, darkest days of the year, my way is lit by the blinky lights of my fellow bikers. We chat with each other when we’re stopped at lights; we ride together for a few blocks until our paths diverge."

http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/i...-on-Two-Wheels
Good article.

Especially since it was a 45 year old woman with asthma doing all this riding. Too bad she's are rare bird because most women her age are driving cars or waiting for the bus.
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Old 12-24-08, 08:29 AM   #5
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Its nice, and I agree with what is said, but Berkeley is hardly "mainstream".
The paper didn't seem to have any articles that violated societies norms or questioned our cultural organization. There used to be publications that did that but they seem to have disappeared. It is funny that nowadays ( remember the recent election) if you suggest people simply use a bike for transportation you're denounced as a "wacko" right? You used to be able to pick up mimeographed screeds on the streets that advocated trashing all our institutions and reorganizing society on tribal lines or other things as outrageous. Here's an example of the type of writing:

http://www.diggers.org/digpaps68/rushes.html

The newspaper I got the article from seems mainstream to me, I can imagine the article appearing in the "My Turn" section of NewsWeek.
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The paper didn't seem to have any articles that violated societies norms or questioned our cultural organization. There used to be publications that did that but they seem to have disappeared. It is funny that nowadays ( remember the recent election) if you suggest people simply use a bike for transportation you're denounced as a "wacko" right? You used to be able to pick up mimeographed screeds on the streets that advocated trashing all our institutions and reorganizing society on tribal lines or other things as outrageous. Here's an example of the type of writing:

http://www.diggers.org/digpaps68/rushes.html

The newspaper I got the article from seems mainstream to me, I can imagine the article appearing in the "My Turn" section of NewsWeek
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Not the publication so much--Berkely itself is not mainstream.
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Not the publication so much--Berkely itself is not mainstream.
Oh. The few people I've met who went to school there seemed to voice liberal opinions but within the envelope of what you read in the Washington Post editorial section. When I was young the University seemed to have a reputation for things like free speech or anti-war protests and a form of Unix. I know, un-American nowadays but back then it wasn't just at Berkeley.
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