Posted by Mark Markovich (Illustrator) on January 22nd, 2010 at 4:58 pm
– Illustration by Mark Markovich – Concept and writing by Jonathan Maus – Related story: Delving into PBOT’s 2010-2011 budget – See past cartoons here.
Posted on January 22nd, 2010 at 4:58 pm. Filed under Front Page and tagged with , friday cartoon. Feel free to respond.
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It looks like even in Portland cyclists want a bigger piece of the pie! Good thing you guys are leading the way for the rest of the country though, keep it up!
Great caricature of Sam–but…the other figure can’t be intended as Sue Keil, can it?
yes… it’s Sue Keil, director of PBOT.
Best. political. cartoon. ever.
Certainly describes how it feels on our end, though I don’t think it’s a conscious choice on Sue Keil’s part (or Sam’s) – they’re making tough choices that are bound to anger, disappoint or disillusion SOMEbody. Our job as cyclists is to continue to be a vocal constituency, to continue to request funding, help the city find it when we can, and most importantly – ride our bikes! The economy’s not getting any better, and at some point a lot of people are going to decide it’s a lot easier to spend under $1,000 a year on a bike rather than $6,500 a year on a car. That’s a difference of over $100 a week, and more people are choosing each year to keep that money in their pockets.
Why does Sue look so nasty?
I’m sure this will motivate her to help us out!
Until we change the public perception that cyclist don’t pay their way, we’ve got to figure a way to pay for these things ourselves. How hard is it for a group like the BTA to step up donations, and charitable giving, then invest it directly into bike lanes, bike parking, etc. Let’s show the na-sayers that we are willing to do our part and then some.
problem with that idea is that people who primarily ride bicycles are doing their part already… simply by riding! We heavily subsidize motor vehicle use.
I think, sadly, the only reason sentiments like yours are coming from pro-bike people (even Blumenauer has advocated for a “tiny tax” on bike products along the same line of reasoning) is because no one in a position of real power and influence (like Mayors, advocacy leaders, etc..) has made the case for non-motorized transportation in a bold and engaging that doesn’t alienate much of the population.
in short: the BTA, Mayor, Metro, etc… should focus on changing public perception instead of planning for a bake sale.
This is great. Im glad you have teamed up with some good talent. You can say so much more quickly like this.
I have personally always envisioned a chihuahua (cyclists) and bulldog (motorists), both eating from the same bowl getting food from their owner (transit dept). Even if there is more than enough food to sustain the smaller dog, if the bulldog is greedy it doesnt matter he will gluttonously fill himself while alternative transit begs for table scraps.
Don’t you have to pay extra to supersize your order?
@ J Maus #8 –
Gotta agree with you there. Cyclists (and pedestrians) are “paying” all the “taxes” they need to just by promoting the following:
1) ~0 impact on the environment. 2) ~0 impact on the roads. 3) Just being overall nicer and cooler people. :P (halfway joking there)
Brad (#10) – if you were already paying the same amount as the other diners, but those diners were getting a much larger plate of food, wouldn’t you want that bigger plate too?
Shouldn’t it be: MAY I have a bigger piece?
#11: well there’s not 0 impact on the environment. It still uses plenty of energy to make and ship bikes, bike parts, bike accessories, and bike clothing. And things like tubes, tires, helmets, brake pads, chains, brakes, all need to be occasionally replaced – which creates waste when they’re thrown away. Most people use battery powered lights as well (even though there are expensive alternatives), and batteries are toxic waste when they’re thrown away.
In summation, bicycles pollute a bazillion times less than cars…. but it’s not 0 impact. :)
In summation, bicycles pollute a bazillion times less than cars…. but it’s not 0 impact on the environment. :)
“and batteries are toxic waste when they’re thrown away.”
Low self-discharge NiMH batteries (e.g. Eneloop) can be recharged tens of thousands of times with little capacity loss.
Heavy metal rechargeable batteries can be recycled: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=571/level=3
“I think, sadly, the only reason sentiments like yours are coming from pro-bike people (even Blumenauer has advocated for a “tiny tax” on bike products along the same line of reasoning) is because no one in a position of real power and influence (like Mayors, advocacy leaders, etc..) has made the case for non-motorized transportation in a bold and engaging that doesn’t alienate much of the population.”
Everybody’s waiting for that holy grail message. Do you have it?
Didn’t think so, because it doesn’t work like that. If and when you’re willing to accept reality for what it is, (sadly), you’ll appreciate the reasoned pragmatism of Earl’s message.
Perception is reality in politics. That can be a hard lesson to learn.
Not just the PIE how about the icecream and cup of joe also, please(lane striping, bike parking i.e.).
Any thoughts of a cartoon collection book?
. . . and nothing for pedestrians. *le sigh*
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