Bike Parking and Plants: Everywhere For Everyone

Bike Parking and Plants: Everywhere For Everyone

I just found a new website tonight called Materialicious. It’s about architecture and design. Apparently you can post anything from their site on your blog so I will thank them (THANKS!) for that and allow some of their collected work show you some of my dreams for the present and future (as soon as the next five seconds!).

So I want this, everywhere. Just perfect:

I love plants and I love bikes and I like when more plants mean more bikes and more bikes mean more plants as they do with this clever invention that was nominated for the The Design Museum’s ‘Design of the Year 2010’.

PlantLock – “provides attractive & secure bicycle parking in the home garden, at work and in public places.”

Great! I need bike parking everywhere I go and I want plants everywhere I am.

These could line city streets all over. The could also be on residential streets where bicycle parking is most often absent. Clean up the air with more plants and provide parking everywhere so biking anywhere will be an option for everyone.

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New Year, New Plans, New Un-inventions, New Everything

New Year, New Plans, New Un-inventions, New Everything

Part I: The Greeting and Re-introduction!

Hi!

It’s me, Lolly, your friendly neighborhood bicycle advocate!

 

Photo taken by the lovely Elly Blue

 

I’ve been away for quite a long time. I hope you’re well. I am doing quite well myself. Something about November and December makes it absolutely impossible for me to interest myself in writing on my blog. I avoided it in 2009 and mostly in 2010 as well.

I’m back now and there are a number of wonderful things I would like to share with you in the coming weeks and months.

Part II: Direction and Plans: Un-invent and Write Away!

Photo of wasted human effort and mind-wrecking sounds by Flickr user hectorir

There are also some things that are less wonderful I might touch on as well.

Such as the electric leaf-blower.

I hate hate hate these abominations (too strong? NO!) and if I could, I would un-invent the leaf-blower. There are some other things I would like to un-invent in order to enhance the human experience and I will occasionally focus with much vigor (and maybe even some vim) on these topics as they occur to me, when I am by a computer.

What else?

Tiny picture of the issue in which I wrote about Washington, DC back in my youth

This year, I’ll be starting a short column in the spectacular magazine Momentum which is a magazine by and for people who use bikes for almost anything but sport! If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out. It’s one of only two magazines that I wait by the mailbox to receive and then read cover to cover.

I’ll be writing with very very active and eloquent Elly Blue, photographer of above photo, author of the popular “How We Roll” column on Grist, general bicycle activist and entrepreneur, and my “advocacy pen pal.” I’m excited to see what comes of it!

Part III: Questions and Resolutions

´╗┐How are you doing? Did you have a good new year? Any exciting plans or projects coming up?

I’ve made some rather strange and grueling resolutions which I’ve already told about 1.3 million people about but I’m loathe to say on the internet… lest it make it too hard to give up! But I’m considering it for the social pressure possible in the internet tubes and because I feel so great that I think I can’t keep it a secret.

Stay tuned, next week for the potential resolution-reveal, or at the very least, my review of Capital Bikeshare from Washington, DC. Here’s a sneak peak of me getting ready to ride from Chinatown to Adams Morgan.

Photo taken by Kurt Steiner, an outstanding transportation planner in Boston

 

 

 

 

Thank You Pittsburgh For Banning Marcellus Shale Drilling

Thank You Pittsburgh For Banning Marcellus Shale Drilling

This is great news for current and future residents of Pittsburgh whose elected officials listened to residents and voted unanimously to ban drilling within city limits! 9 for the ban, 0 against!

This is (finally!) a victory for people over corporate interests and profits.

I am so proud of all the people here who worked tirelessly to educate and mobilize their friends and neighbors and to hold their elected officials accountable. This is so inspiring for community activists everywhere.

To those who attended public hearings despite state and industry intimidation, went to protests, signed petitions, wrote letters to the editor, attended community meetings, went to public viewings of Gasland; to Josh Fox for making the film that exposed so many of the problems with fracking, and to the business owners that hosted meetings and Gasland viewings:

Thank you so much.

As you know…

Photo by Marcellus Protest

Thank you to Councilmember Doug Shields for sponsoring the bill banning the drilling, for putting the health of people and our natural resources ahead of money, for prioritizing people over profits.

Thank you to Council President Darlene Harris for supporting the ban and rebutting gas industry claims that the ban would cost jobs: “There’s going to be a lot of jobs for funeral homes and hospitals,” Mrs. Harris said, referring to health concerns associated with gas production. “That’s where the jobs are. Is it worth it?”

The people of Pittsburgh have said no, it’s not worth it, and the City Council listened and voted with the health of the people and the region in mind.

Thank you to all the Councilmembers who voted unanimously to oppose drilling within Pittsburgh.

Section 27. Natural Resources and the Public Estate The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvanias public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, however, is unconvinced and non-committal and might consider vetoing the ban, but I urge him to side with the people on this issue and not be swayed by the lure of a temporary influx of cash.

We don’t want jobs destroying our environment, compromising our soil, blackening our air and lungs, and contaminating our drinking water.

We want investment in jobs that build up the community, that nurture and educate children, that beautify our lovely city, that bring people together, that make the most of our natural resources, rather than trashing them for short-term financial gain.

Mayor Ravenstahl, do not veto this bill.

Support this ban and support the people of Pittsburgh.

This story has gone global and it demonstrates that ordinary citizens do have the ability to stand up to wealthy private interests.

How to work towards a drilling ban in your own town?

Check out Marcellus Protest

Here are some tips from Pittsburgh organizer Gloria Forouzan

Background and analysis of Marcellus Shale industry by the Real News Network

Watch Gasland and share your story

Write letters to the editor

Talk to your neighbors

Educate yourself

Tax Cuts are Not the Solution: The Country That Pays Together Stays Together

Tax Cuts are Not the Solution: The Country That Pays Together Stays Together

While our crappy economy continues to crash, tax cuts are not the solution.

They’re not the solution for the middle class.

They’re not the answer for the moneyed class.

They’re not even close for the corporate class.

It’s time to pay up, everyone.

Taxes are how we buy services together.

How we buy roads, how we buy bridges.

Without taxes, trash will go uncollected in many places.

Without taxes, we would have no public schools, no police.

Parks, libraries, trails, road maintenance, unjust wars, we pay for these thing together.

If you want to restore America, restore taxes, but tax justly.

If we don’t pay for these things, we will continue to dive deeply into debt with other nations who finance our invasive incursions into other nations.

End tax cuts and tax incentives and tax subsidies for all corporations that bury their assets offshore.

It’s time to stop the downward spiral of politicians promising tax cuts in order to be elected. No one can pay for all of these services on their own, and if they can, they ought to be taxed more.

Now is the time for just and robust taxation.