Time for the news roundup…
Right wing radio, comparing bikes to guns, a bike bell orchestra, alternatives to asphalt
– The New York times calls for people to take the high road while riding bikes. Interesting meditation. Are we losing the PR war? Does it fall on us to change our behavior?
– BikePortland contributor Libby Tucker reports on her blog, Naked Energy, about Mayor Adams’ proposal to set an ambitious “carbon budget” for the city that would include major zoning and parking changes to create a city full of 20 minute neighborhoods.
– In reference to the proposed bike registration law, the Oregonian writes: “In some places you don’t mess with gun rights. In Portland, you don’t mess with bikes.”
– Portland economist Joe Cortright compares U.S. traffic jams to Soviet bread lines.
– Rush Limbaugh thinks you should ride on the sidewalk, and please don’t hold him responsible for the consequences if you don’t.
– Enthusiasts of a very specific stripe may be excited to learn of London’s Bike Bell Orchestra, which features not only bike bells (on moving bikes) but vocal imitations of wind gusts.
– Sick of asphalt? How about a grass-lined transit mall?
What are we missing this week? Include your own quotes, clips, and links in the comments.
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com