The sickening realization that there is no steak/halibut/St Felicien in the grocery bag.
-Cat in the Bag
If you went to get your greens and other goodies at Central Farm Market in Bethesda this morning, you probably met up with some of the folks from WABA, offering you information about how you can continue to bike happily, or how you can swap the car for the bike more often in ways you might not have thought of before.
Want to bike more, but stuck on the whole “Hey, I’ve got kids! I can’t even go to the bathroom alone without it being a big production! How in the world do you expect me to go grocery shopping by bike with a 6-month old?!” Well, the organizers of Kidical Mass DC are doing their best to help you manage. Catch them from 11am to 1pm at the Capital Hill Montessori School at Logan, or get a virtual briefing here.
Newtown to Washington, DC: Bikes, Politics, Causes -
Clearly this is an emotional issue, but what also strikes me is the choice of a bicycle as a tool to deliver a political message.
The link brings you to the photos being posted by participants. Here’s the press release:
“Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) will join a team of 26 gun violence prevention advocates riding from Newtown, Conn., to Washington, D.C., on the first leg of their trip from Newtown to Ridgefield on Saturday. Himes, along with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, will kick-off the ride in Newtown at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, hold a similar event in Ridgefield, and then welcome the riders to Washington on Tuesday. Complete details are below.
“I am inspired by these cyclists and their commitment to this cause, but I’m more than a little worried that my inspiration will be enough to push me up all the hills between Newtown and Ridgefield,” Himes said. “Whether or not I’m left in the dust Saturday, I look forward to welcoming the Sandy Hook Riders to Washington on Tuesday and working with them and the many other dedicated advocates to reduce gun violence.”
The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington aims to memorialize those senselessly killed at the Sandy Hook School by raising awareness about the immediate need for gun safety legislation. Three members of the riding team are from Newtown, including Monte Frank, Bill Muzzio, and Chris Peck. Two of the riders have children who went to the Sandy Hook School and the team includes parents, teachers, a Newtown Police Officer and a Vietnam Veteran. Throughout the journey, the riders will be accompanied by a Newtown police motorcycle with stops in cities and towns along the way.”
Big bucks go to retailers and marketers who “get it” say women…Women will steer others in their social network to your door—but only if you listen to what they want-Succesful retailers. #NBS13
Do bike helmets *have* to look like bike helmets? Merchandise at #NBS13.
Props for photo booth. You pick up a prop, get your image documented for all time. #NBS13 fun, goofy photo booth, because sometimes, says the photog, summits get boring, stuffy, etc. Favorite prop in this crowd? “Keep calm and ride on”.
Panels on bikes, bike marketing, women in bicycling, and the need for bike shops to have clean bathrooms if they are going to get women’s hard-earned dollars. #NBS13