Biden and Electric Vehicles

Biden wants half the US fleet of cars to be electric by 2030. The policy should be to halve the US fleet of cars. 1) EVs are fueled by coal and fracked gas, 2) EVs still demand massive material input in manufacturing and parking, 3) surface parking lots contribute to urban heat and flooding, 4) EVs encourage sprawling land use, 5) EVs are detrimental to public transit and walkable communities, 6) EV batteries are not benign, 7) EVs eventually are junked, 8) EVs kill people, animals and habitat, 9) EVs drain police, EMS & fire dept resources, 10) EVs are a marketing lie on so many levels.The image below is another example of the lies. This image is from electric bike advertising. These bikes are very heavy. They are not powered by humans, but by electricity generated by mining/drilling/burning coal and fracked...

Bikes Arriving, Order Now

Order your bike today!!!In 2021 bikes nationally were in very short supply.In 2022 bike selections are anticipated to be as limited as they were in 2021.We are told we will receive the following bikes *beginning in December 2021.We are now taking your orders on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis for these bikes..Jamis Beatnik – MSRP $499.00 https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/urban-fitness/fixie/beatnik/.Jamis Coda S3 – MSRP $539.00 https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/urban-fitness/urban-fitness/coda/.Jamis Coda S2 – MSRP $729.00.Jamis Ventura A2 – MSRP $1,049.00 https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/adventure-gravel/road/ventura/.Jamis Ventura A1 – MSRP $1,249.00.Jamis Renegade A1 – MSRP $1099.00 https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/adventure-gravel/allroad-adventure/renegade/.Jamis Renegade S4 – MSRP $1399.00 If you want to order a Jamis bicycle not included in the following list let us know ASAP. *“beginning in December”Suppliers cannot tell us definitively which models will arrive in December 2021. December is a target. If the target is hit, it is certain that only some of the bikes will be in before the new year. Nor can suppliers predict freight and tariff costs. From the Jamis website: “Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes shipping costs, dealer assembly/prep, taxes or import duties.”The end result is that we (you and the shop) are going to have to exercise a bit of flexibility as costs/prices settle down. MSRP is almost certain to change. Given the unusual supply line circumstances, we are giving you an opportunity to secure a new bike ahead of arrival. “Those who...

Louisville and the Climate Emergency

In 2005, former Mayor Jerry Abramson committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.In 2009, the Partnership for a Green City published the Climate Action Report, which included a greenhouse gas inventory,In 2011, on Mayor Fischer’s second day in office, he ceremoniously renewed the city’s commitment to Abramson’s Climate Protection Agreement.In 2016, Louisville completed another greenhouse gas inventory report and Fischer signed the Global Covenant of Mayors.In 2019, Fishcer declared a Climate Emergency.Reminds me of my neighbors’ recent tragic emergency. The smell of smoke cut through the smell of popcorn as they were watching Olympic competitions. They rushed out of the house to see what was burning only to discover flames leaping and smoke billowing out of their second floor windows. Quick thinking resulted in a parent making a phone call to the fire department. That done, they herded the children back into the family room to see which country’s athletes could run the...

Pedestrians, sidewalks, jaywalking and other lies

Language, thought, culture and relations are best served by truth. It is hoped the following is heard, not as a pedantic rant, nor as another ‘politically correct’ weapon, but as an exploration shedding some light on our transportation system. The history of ‘jaywalking’ is a tale of manipulation, and ultimately, one of deception.* The early automotive industry, in a rush to get people out of the way of their contraptions, tagged anyone crossing traffic in an uncontrolled manner as a ‘jay’, a naive, inexperienced country bumpkin who, being new to the city, does not know how to navigate the urban landscape. ‘Jaywalk’ is currently defined as: ‘to cross or walk in the street or road unlawfully or without regard for approaching traffic’. The ‘jaywalking’ concept is used to force crossings at intersections rather than mid block. It is claimed that crossing at intersections enhances safety. In reality, it places non-drivers in the most dangerous of areas, where traffic approaches from four or more directions. Mid block crossings generally require looking in only two directions. A truer, historically correct definition of ‘jaywalk’ is: ‘a pejorative term used by the early automotive industry to curtail the use of the commons by citizens’.  The above paragraph, except in the current definition of ‘jaywalk’, intentionally avoids the use of the words ‘street’ and ‘sidewalk’. Together those two comprise a linear expression of ‘the commons’. Parks, libraries, civic buildings are also part of the commons, but not part of this conversation. The ‘street’ and ‘sidewalk’ have become tools of manipulation to control people. (Note the avoidance of the word ‘pedestrians’. Later.) Back when our streets were shared with horses, oxen and...