Come join Bike Man, Myself, and many others as we ride our bikes through the streets of Grand Rapids. We will be meeting at Veterans Park (Corner of Sheldon and Fulton) around 5:30pm. The best part about this ride is that riders are encouraged to wear costumes! This event will be family friendly and everyone is invited. The goal of the ride is to raise awareness for bikes as vehicles on the road and promote bike safety. It will also be hella-fun.
There is also a meeting of the Downtown Development Authority coming up on November 3rd at 5:30 at the Amway Grand Plaza in the Ford Ballroom that we are pushing for people to attend and voice your concerns about making Grand Rapids a more bike-friendly city, or any other concerns you may have.
I am not the most avid biker, but my wife and I both live and work downtown and take the bus or walk whenever possible (it helps that I ride the bus for free through GVSU). Between us we only drive the car 4 times a week or so. I believe that the car based, suburban culture that we have lived in for the past 80 years is simply not sustainable. My wife and I have been sharing one car for almost 2 years now, and not only is it a good idea financially, it is a more sustainable solution than each of us having a car and driving 45 minutes+ to our jobs everyday.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love cars - and I plan on picking up an Audi R8 as soon as I can scare up enough cash. This love for cars is one of the reason that I think we need to move away from cars as everyone's daily transportation. We are killing the earth and destroying resources by burning fossil fuels everyday in our cars. If we can create a more sustainable transportation system, then there will still be fossil fuels left in the future, so that enthusiasts can still play with their toys without gas becoming $50 a gallon. This is one of the reasons I support a larger gas tax and so should you.
My buddies and I shot the film below on an iPhone, and I edited it together in MS Movie Maker to promote the Critical Mass event. I'm actually pretty proud of it. Enjoy...
Link to video on Youtube