I've been loving the bicycle/bus
combo. Last week, I attended 7 music performances in 5 days--an unprecedented
feat for me--and I got there each time by using a combination of
Seattle Metro bus
and bicycle. The weather was good, so most of the time it was by bicycle,
but it was nice when time was tight to throw the bike onto the fold-down
rack and go by bus. Freedom costs a buck-2-5.
But, it's been disturbing hearing about friends' many bike crashes involving
oblivious drivers. Abrupt unsignalled turns and blown STOP
signs seem to be the most common causes. When you drive, you are legally
and morally obliged to signal each and every turn you make. It's lazy, arrogant,
and reckless not to do so. Every time you make an unsignalled turn, you are
an asshole. When you roll through a stop line or into a crosswalk, you are
an asshole. Try not being an asshole, please.
Years ago, when I lived in New York City, some people were going around tracing
body outlines on the pavement where people had been killed. Today, at the
the Universe," I saw this painted-white
to a post, another street level memorial.
I felt anger and frustration when I heard of so many cyclists getting hit
by motor vehicles, but I didn't know what to do about it. It's good to see
someone doing something, taking the intiative and demonstrating the power
of art to penetrate and awaken consciousness.
Live more, drive less.