OK, so I have been riding a bicycle as basic transportation (which means every day there is not ice or snow) in Springfield for nine years. And I swear the number of bicyclists just keeps growing. There is almost never a moment these days, while riding in the urban core, that I do not see two or three other bicyclists always in view.
So take a look at this picture. That’s the city rack near the Patton Alley Pub. I was there for happy hour yesterday. You don’t see my bicycle there, do you? I had to park a block away. A whole freaking block! Away! From the bar! I mean, geeeez! What the hell is going on? Who are all these people?
Note: Here’s proof from KSPR that I was indeed drinking beer yesterday. Although they failed to adequately explain the kind of “driving” I was doing 😉
A-hem, well, OK, yeah, I am happy to see all these bicycles even if I have to park farther from the beer. And despite my protestations to the (nuanced) contrary, I am happy to see more people riding bicycles — I’m simply not willing to do anything (e.g. put novices in danger) to achieve this.
So I guess what I’m saying is: I was kinda happy to ride another block then walk another block because so many people had parked at this rack.
In case you’re wondering what the headline is all about — read my last two headlines