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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Officer attitude

I haven't written on this blog for a while and I have reggretted it. Much has happened in the biking world in Chattanooga and some of it has been quite tragic. With the death of David Meek in March, and other accidents and even acts of aggression against cyclists, the mood here in Chattanooga is darkening. A storm is a-brewing.

To add to the dark clouds gathering, a columnist from the Pulse, Chattanooga's alternative newspaper, decides to take his swipe against cyclist. The fact this is a police officer that usually tells dark cop tales makes the blow that much more powerful.

He starts with telling of reading of a news article of the latest cyclist struck by car story. That fact that the driver of the car did this delibrately and drove off did nothing to prevent this being a laughable matter in this cop's eyes. He sees the road as a "house" for cars and those that invade that territory is asking for something bad to happen. Can it really be that one of our finest would publish words like that? To read the full article go here :http://


Anonymous said...

I read that. It's so, so,... I can't. Too much of a lady.

I've got a question for you. I'm too intimidated by the CBC and they got other fish to fry at the moment. I'm a single mom with an 11 y/o son. I live in Red Bank at the top of a big hill (surprise--a big hill around here--stop it!) and want the two of us to ride bikes on the wonderful riverwalk we have at our disposal. How do I go about doing that?

We checked the shed yesterday. Those two bikes hanging in there both have flat tires. I don't have nor know how to buy a tire rack. I checked with River City bikes. They will rent to us where we can ride on the RW. Said 11 year old hasn't ridden in the 4 years we've lived here--big hill. He's not confident in his ability and doesn't want the world to know that he is less than--poor guy just started middle school so you can't blame him.

Someone suggested Greenway but they don't rent bikes and River City don't rent racks. Greenway would be more private and would be flat so that would be good but how do we get there with bikes?


Colleen Carboni said...

I can sympathise with being a single mother. I raised my three children as a single mother and can understand how sometimes the simple things can overwhelm.

To cut to the bottom line, you must get your bikes in your car to transport them. The first place to go is the bike shop to have them inspected and put in good working order.

You didn't mention what kind of car you have. Can you take the wheels off and put them in your car? Put one in the trunk and another one in the back seat. If you don't know how to take the wheel off, ask at the bike shop. Then they can show you how to put it back on.

If the inside of the car doesn't work, you must go with a bike rack. You can get inexpensive ones to attach temporarily on your trunk for less then a hundred dollars. Sometimes you can find them for around $50 and even less if you find one used. Just make sure that the one you get actually will work on your car. Different cars need different rack styles.

Look on the internet for the bike racks and choices. Ask at the bike shops. It might take a little looking around to find what you need at the price that you can afford but it is worth the effort.

Happy Riding!