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Could a bike save your life?

November 13, 2012

Life preserverI’m beginning to think I should just call this “Tom’s Blog,” as that dear old fiancé  of mine is forever forwarding me links, stories, and articles to share on No Car Go.

I paste a link to something insightful, scribble my own fairly drab comments, and then give him insufficient credit in the post-script. It’s a pretty nice set-up for me, really.

Here’s Tom’s latest link: “An Overlooked Survival Tool: The Bicycle,” in Good by Adam Martin.

This piece talks about how bikes have helped a lot of New Yorkers through the destruction and infrastructure chaos caused by Hurricane Sandy. In the days after the storm, driving a car was difficult, if not impossible. As people hopped on cycles to get around their damaged city, bike shops sold out, and Martin daydreamed about the possibilities:

“… the idea of a bike-centric transportation plan is a delicious thought after an afternoon of cycling mostly free of the threat of cars, through dramatically silent streets.”

He discusses how New York became, for a few days, much like a city in a developing  nation. He also discusses how, if we were smart, we’d see bikes as much more than a weekend recreation option or a hipster-cool fashion statement. We’d see them for what they are: a valid form of everyday transportation.

Read the article, and see if you don’t feel a little extra respect for bikes.


P.S. As always, thanks, Tom!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen Croft permalink
    November 13, 2012 2:46 pm

    Hi Amy,
    The link above connects to the wrong page — the Hispanic Scholars Fund. Looking forward to checking out the article. 😀

    • avaerewyck permalink
      November 13, 2012 3:07 pm

      Oh, geez. I’m really off my game today – not a good day for multi-tasking. Thanks for the catch, Jen! I fixed the link, so you all can actually read the article now.

      • Jen Croft permalink
        November 19, 2012 10:06 pm

        No prob, Amy! It happens all the time. Thanks for the great article — I enjoyed reading it! I didn’t spend too much time in the lower part of the City just after Sandy, but, in the short moments there, it did feel like their were an unusually large number of cyclists downtown. Hopefully, the NYC bike-share program won’t be delayed further by Sandy’s damage to the equipment.

  2. Larry Vaerewyck permalink
    November 13, 2012 3:27 pm

    The link is to a “Hispanic Scholarship” article.


    • avaerewyck permalink
      November 13, 2012 3:35 pm

      Should be fixed now, Dad – although, you’ll have to link to it from the actual blog webpage, as I can’t change the already-sent emails. Maybe I’ll try to re-send. Sorry about the confusion, everyone!

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