to drizzly grey morning after a week of sun. Didn't bode well for an outdoor
event, but we pressed on. The sun finally did come outabout 38 seconds
before it set. Just in time for outdoor screening of Breaking Away to a small
but enthusiastic audience.
On the whole, I'd have to say the day was a success. Panel discussion with
people who've given up their cars was followed by a well-attended talk
with transportation experts, business owners, area artists, councilpeople
and candidates who addressed the question of a car-free future in Seattle.
The question I remember best from that is, "Why do we vote on mass transit
but not roads?" The day was all about questioning assumptions and this got
it off to a good start.
For the rest of the day, Muckelflugga ruled the streets, people decorated
their bikes with tassles and doodads, Seattle's nomadic roller disco tribe
threw down in front of Steve's volunteer hq where Bruce's fresh-caught salmon
and a keg of beer fed the masses, hardcore DIY bicycle builders Dead Baby
Bike Club jousted with boxing gloves attached to 10-foot poles of PVC as
punk bands rocked the FUNC for Bikelove, Pete Bevis set up a moving installation
of his bronze roadkill lifecastings and then rallied the locals to install
an all-way STOP and painted crosswalks at a deadly intersection (viva direct
action!), inline lessons, bicycle repair advice, electric bike test rides,
and info booths lined Canal Street, and the day wrapped up in comfy easy
chairs with a drum circle for peace gathered 'round a fire in the
middle-of-the-street geodome astroturf lounge.
In short, it was a day of community, love, and peace, a shining example of
the good that happens when tribes gather in the street and cars are nowhere
to be heard, seen, or breathed.