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Things that can be carried on a bike (#724)…

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“There is no machine known that is more efficient than a human on a bicycle.”

~Bill Nye

To read Bill Nye’s short essay, Why I Bike, and from where this quote was culled, click here.

To see more in the Things That can be Carried on a Bike series, click here.


On the bike: $47 in groceries.

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[Free] Bicycle Art

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

~Pablo Picasso

So I started seeing these bikes in my neighborhood just after the Allentown Art Festival last weekend. They are all up and down Allen Street, which is close to my house. These are just a few of them I saw when I walked to a tavern for a beer this evening. When I saw the first one the other day–because of the way it was spray painted all one color–I thought it may be a colorful version of a ghost bike. I was relieved when I saw more and realized it wasn’t. And then I noticed they were all inscribed with words. This is pretty cool. It turns out this is part of the Digital Beam Project. From their website…

Amplified by news and social media, stories of urban youth are often negative, portraying urban communities in decline. Contrary to this portrayal, youth are thriving in these communities and working through inequities and injustices that shape major cities in our country. This project sets out to support youth in the “re-storying” of their communities through public art installations and online media used to create youth-led guided tours of their urban communities.

To read more about the project, click here.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#720)…

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Well, the title of this post–and likely some in the future–could be changed to, “Things that can be carried on a normal-sized bike.” (But what is normal?) This is my newish bike and so far love zipping around on it and am still making modifications, which will lily be ongoing. As one who likes to be able to carry things with him, I attached a basket to the rear rack, and purchased a wider front rack, to which I’ve temporarily attached another basket (soda crate) so I could use the bike to grocery shop.

With this said, on the bike: $67.00 in groceries.

Thin Ice, Blood Church, and a few other things I saw while riding my bike yesterday…

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Life is one long decay, no? There’s a lot of beauty in it.”

~ Urs Fischer

So I had yesterday off of work and had an appointment on Buffalo’s East Side. I love riding my bike through the neighborhoods for a couple reasons. One is that my heritage is there. I was born on the East side, and generations before me lived there. But also the neighborhoods. While the East Side is home to some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in our city, I find it oddly peaceful to pedal and coast my way through the streets with often dilapidated buildings and urban prairies. I feel the presence of souls past as I coast through the quiet streets.

It was cold out (I was glad it actually felt like winter) and I was pedaling into a strong headwind, so for a bit of reprieve I stopped for breakfast at Mattie’s Restaurant on Fillmore and was served by Miss Mattie herself. And with a full belly and warm coffee I pedaled the rest of the way home and felt grateful to be on a bike, to be able to experience my short 10 mile round trip with all my senses.

Urban Simplicity.

 

Things that can be carried on a bike (#714) and a quote…

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[Commuting by bicycle is] an absolutely essential part of my day. It’s mind-clearing, invigorating. I get to go out and pedal through the countryside in the early morning hours, and see life come back and rejuvenate every day as the sun is coming out.”

~James L. Jones, Barack Obama’s former national security advisor


On the bike: 47 framed photos of various sizes on their way to a show.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#713)

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Two cardboard boxes…one containing approximately forty dollars in groceries, and the other is a case of red wine. Essentials.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#712)…

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A dozen framed photos on their way home after a month-long group show.

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