No Car Dealership at the Carpenter Business Park

If you have strong feelings about the Maguire Auto dealership being placed within the city because it will…

  • be next to the farmers market
  • make traffic on Rt. 13 and going in and out of the farmer’s market even worse
  • greatly affect the traffic patterns of the Northside
  • eliminate the potential to develop this site in a way that could benefit a multitude of local businesses
  • generate far less tax revenue than every other possible use of the site.
    support a strip mall, big box development pattern (southern Rt. 13) within the city
  • promote more private auto dependence in a city that allegedly has the stated priorities of promoting in this order; walking, biking, transit, and then the private automobile
  • most importantly go completely against the city’s comprehensive plan for how the community has decided it would like to see the area developed,

then get active!

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Summer Reading for Bikers!

As Elsa Morante said to Patrizia Cavalli, “I want to see your reading, so I can see how you’re made.” I didn’t actually say that to Laurence, but I did take a quick snapshot of what’s on the shelf down at Boxy Bikes.  Feel free to buy your own copy of any of these titles or go down to Boxy and talk to Laurence about the collection there:

Electric Bicycles
by David Henshaw and Richard Peace

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One Bike At A Time @ TCPL Monday, June 13, 12:30 PM

If you are free, and interested in how to inspire new riders in all parts of our community, come to the bikes & health presentation on Mon June 13th from 12:30-1:30pm by Theresa Bowick from Rochester’ Conkey Cruisers.  I’ve met Theresa twice now, and she’s incredibly inspiring.  Her program started in 2012 soon after the El Camino Trail in Rochester NY was completed, and has been quite successful in a short time.

*”Getting Fit, One Person, One Street, One Bike at a Time: * *Preventive Community Health through Bicycling in a **Low Income African American Community”*

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So Long (It’s Been Good to Know You)

One of the challenges of being a car-free individual in what Monique Wittig calls the Age of High Speed Steel is cross-town friendship. Friends at great removes – distant cities, other countries – naturally expect that your dealings with them will be by post or electronics. But friendships with people living in the no-man’s land of 8 – 20 miles away, can be strained by the fact that physically getting together is not a snap.

I don’t have the luxury of empty Saturdays in which to commit to visits that could require 2 hours of commuting (there and back) on top of the visit itself. I don’t want to be the person who says, “Well, I’m not driving, but you can drive over here.” That feels hypocritical.

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Totting Up

A number of years ago in an attempt to cut back on expenses, I started riding my bike from Ithaca to Jacksonville, where I worked. In general, this made me feel pretty studly (I was 50+ at the time). Some days when I was feeling low energy, though, I would put my bike on the bus.

As I waited for the bus, I got into a habit I still have: I count the cars that go by and the number of people in those cars. Cars with a single occupant are overwhelmingly the norm. Every once in a while you see two people in a car, or a grown-up with 2+ kids, sometimes you see a bus; but the average 4,000 pound combustion engine vehicle is most frequently pressed into service by a 178 pound human (that’s the average weight of an American!) (Up 18% since 1960!) Using only these two factors, we could say that cars are 4.45% efficient, but that would be unscientific. Science says that cars are 20% efficient.

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