Claiming Our Rightful Place In The Streets?

Bike and Shop Flyer

Bike and Shop Flyer

So some Chicago area riders want to shop via bicycles. They are planning to hold what they call a “Bike and Shop Ride” on “Black Friday“. Now I thought that most Liberals were really against having anything to do with “Black Friday“? But I guess the hype I have been reading was all wrong?

The things that caught my eye were:

  • This is to be a “Critical Mass-type event” that is “polite and respectful“. Was there any neat to state these conditions? Are Critical-Mass Rides anything other than “polite and respectful“? Perhaps so, otherwise why even mention these conditions?
  • The mission of this ride includes “claiming our rightful place in the street“! Whoa, has anyone in Evanston been attempting to do anything other than coexist with cyclists?
  • So exactly how will riding around the shopping district in a Critical Mass-type manner also “demonstrate that bicycles bring business and spend money?”
  • And then there was the bit about “increasing visibility to biking and the need for better bike infrastructure“. Certainly having a large group of cyclists would increase visibility and that would be an understatement if the group does its usual “Contra-Flow Lane Takeover” in Downtown Evanston.
Chicago's Cycling Movement Issues A Leftist Manifesto

Chicago’s Cycling Movement Issues A Leftist Manifesto

I dunno, but this sounds a lot like an opportunity to get “off-script” and be a nuisance. I mean with a motto like: “Whose Streets? Shared Streets!” I can see that there might be those who having read their manifesto last week are itching to continue the “countdown“. Only this time it will not just be on Chicago streets.

I guess it is difficult to avoid the ultimate confrontation that will occur in future, so best to get it out of the way right now.

Sheesh! Who thought up this stupid idea, anyway? I certainly hope that no one from the city government in Evanston invited these guys to “Share the Streets“!