Sightings: ‘Slave’ to gas, bees, and an Imperial Cruiser

Ask anyone that’s ridden their bike around a city for any length of time, and they’ll tell you: One of the fringe benefits of biking is all the interesting things you come across while pedaling around. Case in point are the three things below…

The first is something sent in by reader Fred K.. Fred came across an odd sculpture the other day while biking around Northeast Portland…

(Photo: Fred King)


Upon further investigation, Fred found out the sculpture is modeled after a Star Trek Wars Imperial Cruiser and it was made for the Star Wars vs. Star Trek Ride slated for June 18th during Pedalpalooza.

The next random sighting was sent in by reader Bill M., who works out at Intel in Hillsboro. Hope you’re not allergic to bees…

Bill spotted this bike in the racks outside his office. He thinks a queen bee might have settled on the bike and its hive used the rack as a temporary rest stop.

Our last sighting today is one of my own. I came across a provocative photo last week…

Slave to gas-1

(Photo © J. Maus)

Not the tact I’d take to starting a conversation with someone that holds a different perspective than I do, but to each his own.

Do you ever see memorable things while biking around? We’d love to hear about them. Snap a photo and drop us a line and we’ll share them after a few roll in.

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meh
meh
11 years ago

It’s modeled after the “STAR WARS” imperial cruiser.

J_Ryde
11 years ago

All three are awesome! Thanks for posting. Bees?! Seriously?!

borgbike
11 years ago

Great idea. I’m sure there’s a lot more out there.

middle of the road guy
middle of the road guy
11 years ago

Too bad the “slave to gas” guy does not realize he uses a transportation network funded by gas taxes.

probably also does not realize that the majority of the goods he purchases are shipped in using……yes, petroleum.

spare_wheel
spare_wheel
11 years ago

link please.

John Lascurettes
11 years ago

Middle of the road guy: Gas taxes do NOT pay for the transportation network. Not by a long shot.

Chris I
Chris I
11 years ago

Vehicle user fees (gas tax, registration) pay for most of the road maintenance (we’re talking about local roads here), but don’t even start to cover new road construction. Considering that bikes have little to no impact on the roads, increased cycling is better for the city’s road budget.

Alan 1.0
Alan 1.0
11 years ago
Reply to  Chris I

Chris I
Vehicle user fees (gas tax, registration) pay for most of the road maintenance (we’re talking about local roads here)…

Got numbers on that? Direct vehicle user fees pay for way under half in Seattle.

Eric in Seattle
Eric in Seattle
11 years ago

Unless he’s riding on the freeway (which is funded by gas taxes), this person is using a transportation network (namely city streets) funded by general revenue funds. Not only that, he’s using the network in a much more efficient way (taking up less space, not needing “free” parking, not causing wear and tear, etc), leaving room for the heavily subsidized automobiles.

Alan 1.0
Alan 1.0
11 years ago

You would use more tact, but you would take a tack.

Fun pics, love the bee swarm, glad it’s not my bike!

Steve B
Steve B
11 years ago

The implied metaphors are too much to process!!

cycler
cycler
11 years ago

Oh my god- I’m so glad that’s not my bike!
Can you imagine coming out after a day at work to ride home and finding a swarm of bees? Yikes!

At risk of sounding like my mom, that star wars sculpture really looks dangerous yoked around all their necks. I hope it has a fail safe that allows it to self destruct if someone hits a pothole.

cold worker
cold worker
11 years ago
Reply to  cycler

i’m more concerned about the lady in front in flip flops. that always seems like such a horrible idea.

kj
kj
11 years ago
Reply to  cold worker

It is. been there done that in high school, lost some skin off the bottom of my foot. yay.

random rider
random rider
11 years ago

The bees are actually a new alternative to U-locks, which can be removed too easily with a good hacksaw.. It’s just the logical next generation of theft-prevention devices.

Borgbike
11 years ago
Reply to  random rider

Wave a Bic pen in front of them and they might fly away.

peejay
peejay
11 years ago

That’s no imperial cruiser — it’s a star destroyer! And, if you want to see it fully deployed and weaponized, as well as other fun craft from a long time ago and far into the future, come on the 2nd annual Star Wars vs Star Trek ride on Saturday June 18, at 2PM. We start at Director Park.

Oliver
Oliver
11 years ago
Reply to  peejay

“And not one of your local bulk cruisers either, one of the big Corellian ships”

Toby
Toby
11 years ago
Reply to  Oliver

Sorry, I saw the quotes being used and couldn’t resist…
“I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers, mind you. I’m talking about the big Corellian ships, now.”

Joel Batterman
11 years ago

To be fair, I believe that the craft is indeed referred to as a “cruiser” in the original 1977 film, before the “Star Destroyer” nomenclature emerged. I swear it’s been years since I’ve seen the movie, but some knowledge has a way of lingering.

peejay
peejay
11 years ago

For updates about the ride, you really should follow @starwarstartrek on twitter.

colin
colin
11 years ago

I’d be willing to bet that gas was used in the production of the “slave to gas” rider’s bicycle itself as well as in the transportation of the bike to wherever it was bought. Not to mention the creation of the tires and all the plastic on it. Those jeans, the hoodie, I’m guessing all depended upon gas in some point of their manufacture and distribution. It’s similar to people claiming hybrids are “good for the environment” when in reality they are just slightly less damaging. We’re talking degrees of damage here not doing a good thing.

I love bicycles and ride mine as my only means of transportation as well as for exercise and just for enjoyment but there’s no good that comes from being condescending and disingenuous.

Ted Buehler
Ted Buehler
11 years ago
Reply to  colin

Yeah, but at the rate gas and other resources are used for hoodies, bags and bicycles humanity could exist on the earth indefinitely in it’s present form. At the rate they’re used in cars, forget it.

I like the “slave” message. Say it like it is!

Ted Buehler

Skippy
Skippy
11 years ago

A hodgepodge of pictures leads to interesting debate in the comments section. I get to hear both sides of several issues:
The proper nomenclature for spaceships in starwars.
The effectiveness of biological anti-theft devices.
The definition of the word slave.
I’m hoping we can come to a conclusion on at least one of the three issues.

Scott
Scott
11 years ago

Swarming bees are actually amazingly gentle. Bees mostly sting in defense of their hive. A swarm is looking for a new home so they have nothing to defend. Best thing to do is call a bee-keeper who would love to come collect a new colony.