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September 03, 2009

Does Apathy Smell, and What Does That Have to Do With Bicycling?

I came across an interesting essay, on the Bike Commuters Blog, from 2007:

it is our willingness, as modern Americans, to drive anywhere and everywhere that facilitates a culture that ignores the real problems of our own communities. I guarantee that no one who walks by all the trash on the road smiles and says, “that is so pretty, and the smell…heavenly!” Instead, we plop ourselves into a car to drive someplace, and are not confronted with the reality of it. It’s not that we are always the ones creating the litter. But we ignore it, all from the comfort of our air conditioned, sea breeze-scented, rolling world-shrinker.


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So good, in fact, that I'll take my apathy rolled, to go, and in the trunk of my car...Thank you very much!

I think it's a subtle, persuasive fragrance.

In an earlier Cycling Dude Post on Segways in Huntington Beach, I mentioned one community/urban mobility planning tool called the Green Transportation Hierarchy. (A graphic depiction of the priority of consideration in governmental planning for various modes of transportation, walking first as the most green form, followed by cycling, transit, delivery vehicles, taxis, and finally SOV (single-occupant vehicles).

This tool consistently rubs against a cultural imperative that relates to automobile-reliant urban transportation and the challenge of incorporating eco-sustainable lifestyle choices.

We are bombarded with the ambience of convenience (drive anywhere and everywhere) from an early age.

It takes a concerted mentoring effort to offer future generations mobility choices and solutions that combine new thinking with urban planning and relegate the car from a premier option to a basic choice among many...

***NOTE FROM CYYCLING DUDE: In addition to being behind the Seat & Feet Site linked under his name, Randy is involved with the unique child & adult Glider Rider Bicycle.

Posted by: Randy Eady | Sep 13, 2009 4:21:30 AM

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