1. I'm not riding!!!
2. No one in Birmingham rides!!!
It seemed like everywhere I looked there were people on bikes, including lots fixed gears, and bikes chained up on everything, so many that they practically stacked on top of each other. I want that for Birmingham too, but how are we going to get there? Birmingham is extremely obese, has a public transportation system that is of little use, and just doesn't give a shit. We as a city need a priority overhaul, which certainly isn't happening with our current administration (see here, here, and can't forget this classic).
BUT! There is hope! We can get together and try to make things happen. The metro area recently set up the Alabama Green Initiative, which is a step in the right direction (thank you Obama!!!). Of course, LaLa - that's our mayor's pet name - is just in it for the money, but at least it's something.
Part of the BiCi's mission is to advocate for bicycling in the city, and I personally hope that as the country progresses toward improving public works and community programs, we can also be a part of that change. We can help Birmingham can step out of the stone age and ride into the 21st century.
SPEAKING OF BICI!! Our race/party benefit is right around the corner and we're still looking for volunteers. If you're interested you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's going to be a great party with Andy's Tea Party (which I happen to be a member of) and DJ Nastique.
OK enough rambling, I have mountains of school work to do.
Love to you all!