In our fourth installment of “This Week In Bike Culture,” we begin with International Carfree Day, which happens to be today! It’s very fitting then, considering the ThinkBike conference, that most of the staff has been bicycling around the city showing the Dutch consulate what Los Angeles has to offer. I’m sadly stranded at the office due to a faulty bike brake that WD-40 couldn’t repair.
Sponsored by the World Carfree Network, this global event aims to show citizens what life is like without cars. This nonprofit group promotes multi-modal transportation networks, and reminds us that we don’t have to accept car dominated systems. So remember to use your feet, use your skateboard, take the subway, or even ride your bike!
The Slow Bicycle Society offers an interesting contrast to the athletic bike culture. Instead of fast speeds, compression shorts and bright clothes, these bicyclists prefer a laid-back pace, trading in 24 speed road bikes for cruisers and compression shorts for cargo shorts. The movement began in Copenhagen and has since spread to cities all over the world, and is growing in cities like Portland, Oregon!
This week the popular blog Consumerist wrote an article suggesting ways college students can save money in these hard economic times. They identified bicycling as an effective way to cut costs: “Sell that car grandma gave you before you get to school, or else you’ll be stuck paying repair costs, insurance, gas and parking.” Students should take note, and know that we’re working hard to make it easier for students to get to and from their universities.
Have an old broken bike sitting in your garage? Free up the space and gain peace of mind by donating it to the Burbank Recycling Center! Every Christmas, the Burbank Salvation Army repairs broken bikes and gives them away to children in need. Last year they gave away 67 bikes! Donate your bike soon so it can brighten up a child’s Christmas!
And remember to follow all the ThinkBikeLA action this week on Twitter. Search #ThinkBikeLA