TX: Bikes Across Borders events, July
With the typical lack of communication in the
Austin bicycle scene, we received the press release
for these events third-hand. From what we can
gather (it's a bit of a jumble), there are three
events on July 12th related to Bikes
Across Borders, which sends fixed-up used bikes
to Central America and Cuba:
(1) Potluck at 5pm to welcome Pastors of
Peace Caravan, 5pm at Rhizome Collective (300
(2) Benefit at Ruta Maya at 8pm (3601 S.
Congress Ste.D-200 and behind Expose)
- Live music by Nelson Saga and Weapons of the
Soul, and Hot Cuban Salsa with TIERRA BRAVA
- Colorful Entertainment and political Imagery
with the Radical Cheerleaders, Photography from
Cuba, Cycle Circus Comics, the Bikes Across
Borders Documentry and the Beehive Collective
(3) Shipment of much needed shipment of
bikes, parts, tools, and custom-built bike trailers
to Cuba by boat via Mexico.
"Resources are scare in Cuba; this shipment will
be going directly to a bike advocacy group that
provides Cubans with human powered transportation.
Last year Bikes Across Borders traveled with
Pastors for Peace and delivered 23 bikes, bike
parts, and two complete tool sets to Cuba."
The group is calling for help in fixing up bikes
and making bike trailers, and they appear willing
to help train those without experience. For more
info or to volunteer call the Rhizome Collective at
OH: Radio station promotes violence against
from a report on the
website of CAMBA,
the Cleveland Aria Mountain Bike
A DJ on WMJI-Majic 105's morning show read an
e-mail from a listener saying that bicycles
shouldn't be on the roads in the Cleveland
Metroparks. At least one of the DJs told
listeners who were in cars to do things like:
- speed past the bike, pull back into the lane
and slam on your brakes.
- speed past the bike, open your passenger
door and put on the brakes.
- yell and/or honk at all cyclists as you pass
in your car.
- throw things out your window at
I gave Jimmy Mallone at the station the phone
number of a cyclist (Kim) who was the victim of an
assault by a motorist. She was purposely run
off the road in the Cleveland Metroparks last
Sunday and now has a broken rib and a
concussion. Her helmet split in half, but she
feels lucky to be alive. The behavior that
the DJs are condoning is not fun and games; it
could be someone's life or death.
AZ: Hit & run bishop resigns
The Roman Catholic bishop of
Phoenix resigned after being arrested for killing a
pedestrian with his car and then fleeing the scene.
This same bishop had already been wrapped in
controversy for allegedly protecting priests from
complaints of sexual abuse. There's some clever
line here about hit-and-run motorists being on the
same level as child molesters, but we can't think
of it. (Read
to get bicycle helmet law
Seattle is expected
to approve a new law on July 18 requiring
bicyclists to wear helmets. We support the use of
helmets, but oppose helmet laws because they're
enforced selectively and unfairly (90% of the
no-helmet tickets given to kids in Austin go to
black and Hispanic kids), they allow at-fault
motorists who hit unhelmeted cyclists to avoid
prosecution and civil suits, they single out
cyclists (crash helmets on motorists could save
lives too), and no matter how good an idea
helmet-wearing it's not the government's role to
protect us from ourselves, only from each other.
on the Seattle law | Austin's
failed helmet law
250 naked cyclists take to the
For the third year in a row,
Spanish cyclists took to the street naked. I love
how Google's language tools translate the Spanish
article on the event: "250 people circulated
with their body to the naked one to denounce the
violence of the private automobile and to vindicate
one more a more human city, in which pedestrians
and cyclists can move with freedom and without
car industry in its death throes?
A recent article argues that U.S.
carmakers are headed for bankruptcy or extinction.
What's significant is that this article doesn't
come from some obscure, low-credibility website. It
comes from the renown British journal The
the article; you have to click Detroit's
troubles look terminal when you get the
"Problem with link" error)
coming. Get your tickets.
by James Howard
Kunstler, July 1, 2003
Walking down the street of my
traditional small town the other day I saw a bumper
sticker that said it all: "War is not the answer."
I emphasize, a bumper sticker. On a car.
But you see, war is the answer if you insist on
a car-dependent, oil-addicted mode of living.
Nobody in my crowd of middle-aged, ex-hippie,
environmentally enlightened, putative political
progressives has opted out of the American drive-in
utopia. In fact, all spring they were driving down
to the peace marches outside the post office. Now
the Law of Perverse Outcomes is biting them on the
That law states that people don't get what they
expect but they get what they deserve. And what oil
gluttons will get, whether they are Republican
realtor jingoists or Democratic leftist peacenik
commuters, is war.
The world is leaving the cheap oil epoch behind
and that will change absolutely everything. The key
to understanding what is about to happen is this:
We don't have to run out of oil to suffer
tremendous disruptions in our sprawl-dominated
living arrangements. All that's necessary is to
cross the tipping point of global peak production
and enter the downward arc of depletion. The best
estimates are that this will happen between now and
the year 2010. The weight of opinion is lately
pointing to the early end of the scale. (read
the rest of the article)
would Jesus drive?
The organizers of this campaign
believe that Jesus wants people to drive the most
fuel efficient, least polluting vehicle that truly
meets their needs. We think even this is kind of
weak, and that Jesus really wants people to
walk and ride bicycles more. After all, remembering
Jesus' credentials as the Ultimate Pedestrian, not
just walking, but walking on water. If Jesus
can walk on water, most of us can walk to the
of the month: Re-cycling
While tossing branches in the
dumpster after doing some yard work I failed to
look inside first. I toss in a load of
branches and they begin to shift and tremble.
Then a used bike apears from beneath the green
curtain of leaves I have created. I help the
levitating bike out of the dumster where it is the
followed by a ragged-looking fellow who had found a
beat-up although ridable means of transportation in
the dumpster. It even had air in the
tires. He apologized for being in my way and
hopped on the bike and rode away.
He might sell it or it might
get swiped from him but he was very happy on his
"new" bike as he put his pack on the handlebars and
rode down the alley. Re-cycling in its truest
all, thanks for reading!