A Car Free Dream: How They Want Us to Get Around Town—THEY ARE NOT JOKING

Is this the lifestyle you want?  These folks want to steal gas tax money to build bike lanes, crate gridlock and dangerous streets.  Attached to this article is a guy on a bike delivering a dozen mattresses!  Not a joke.  No trucks, bike deliveries.  Imagines a city without cars, just bikes, dirty buses and unreliable trains—that are expensive.  This is a great way to lower property values and force families out of town.

Last week I had a meeting in Camarillo.  I live in Simi Valley.  After the meeting one of the men I drove to the meeting said lets go to Westlake for dinner—then go back to Simi Valley.  In a bike, government transportation system this would not happen—no Camarillo meeting, no dinner in Westlake.  The Luddites would keep you at your home, like the Chinese are now keeping people in their homes due to a virus.  Is that the life you want to live?

Naysayers: You Can’t Do THAT On A Bike!

By Kea Wilson, Streets Blog,  2/14/20   

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to a community meeting and heard someone say something like this:

We shouldn’t build that protected bike lane because you can’t buy a sofa on a bike. Won’t somebody please think of the sofas!

— Neil Winkelmann (@winkybiker) February 6, 2020

Yeah, we have, too. It’s an extreme version of one of the most frustrating arguments that cycling advocates hear every day: “Because you can’t [insert thing that’s hard, but not impossible to do on a bike in your city here] on two wheels, there’s no point in investing in making biking easier at all! Case closed!”

It’s an argument that completely ignores why biking is so hard in our communities: because everything about our built environment prioritizes cars — and the argument will persist until we redesign our cities to put sustainable transportation at the center of street planning.

Here are a few photos that bust stubborn myths about what you can’t do on a bike. Think we missed something? Post a picture of yourself doing it, tag it #ThingsYouCantDoOnABike on social, and we’ll add the best ones to this post.

1. Take your kids to school

Any parent knows that getting a preschooler to put on their socks in the morning is the ultimate challenge. Getting junior to school without a car shouldn’t be — especially if you live in a place that’s urbanized enough to put that school within active-transportation-distance of your home.

Via Creative Commons

When the kiddos gets a little older, you can bike with them. For extra points, carry their backpacks in your rear basket so they don’t have to.

Via Creative Commons

2. Travel with a pet

Is this entry an excuse to post photos of a cute dog in a bike trailer? Yes, yes it is.

Via Creative Commons

Real talk: getting a cat to the vet sucks even if you’re taking them in an armored car. At least you can decompress a little on the ride before you have to coax Noodles out to get her shots.

Via Travel With Kitties

3. Look professional

Photos (left) Via Creative Commons (right) Via Austin Monthly

You: “But I could never bike to work! I work in a (gasp) formal office environment!”

This dapper gentleman: “Hold my briefcase.”

You: “But I wear skirts!”

This woman: “Oh, honey. Have you heard of Google?

4. Get your bike to the bike shop

Calm down, Schoedinger. The paradox of how to get your bike to the shop when you have a flat tire is easily solved by … just borrowing another bike. If you live in a city with a bus network, better yet, just throw that thing on the front rack. Or lobby for a denser development pattern so you can just walk it to the bike shop down the street.

Via Real Hartford

5. No, but seriously, how will I fulfill my endless need for ever newer and larger furniture???

OK, seriously, how often are you re-furnishing your apartment anyway, dude? There is space in society for occasional delivery trucks! You do not need to own a car the size of one to use every single day! But fine, if your house is literally a West Elm showroom …

Via Flickr Via Pinterest Via Pinterest Via Urban Observer

6. Move a ton of eggs

Poultry farmers of America, look at the glorious car-free future that awaits you! (But for real: please consider this our mic drop on the perennial “but I buy my groceries at Costco, and I can’t go there on a bike” argument.)

Via Pinterest

7. Transport every hat

It’s like a real-life version of that kid’s book, “Caps for Sale,” without that annoying monkey.

Via Pinterest

8. Move … whatever these things are

Construction equipment? Very large pool noodles? Dunno! Just throw ’em on top of your rickshaw and have yourself a time.

Via Pinterest

9. Give the most epic Valentine’s Day gift ever

This one’s a little blurry, but trust us: your love wants this more than whatever Walgreens chocolate-aisle nonsense you got this year.

Via Pinterest

Seriously, step up your game, or Mr. Steal-Your-Girl (-Or-Guy) here might do it for you.

Via Business Insider

10. Haul away the last vestiges of car culture after society finally comes to its senses

Well, at least we can dream.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. James Coles says

    We lived in Seoul from 1990-98. The city was filling up with new cars & new, very unskilled drivers after the ROK government opened wide car ownership markets.
    Streets & roads were not ready for the sudden & huge influx of cars & trucks…
    Much of what was delivered to our house was brought by young men on bicycles, later mopeds then then small engine driven motorcycle–sometimes pulling a little trailer … bedding, furniture, bottled LPG.
    The two-wheeler solution was inefficient & dangerous…the most memorable neighborhood event of 1996 was the collision of a motorcycle carrying LOG bottles and a truck: the explosion broke windows for six blocks in all directions from the point of impact…
    A dozen cars were destroyed & the people in them killed; and the Persian rug store was burned to the ground.
    The idea of devolving any part of the US down to the 2nd or 3rd world level is vile.

  2. The radicals who advocate for NO private cars seem to have conveniently forgotten about disabled people especially those of us who only leave home for essential medical appointments.

  3. Want to see two cities where this is in the process of happening? Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. Both have been intentionally narrowing streets for bikes. The outcomes? Street congestion and no replacement of commute traffic for bikes.

    Santa Barbara has recently narrowed parts of Cabrillo Blvd. (along the ocean), De la Vina (primary arterial feeding downtown, and has plans to narrow the State St. underpass. These are just two locations where application of the “Car Free” plans are going forward. Does anyone remember the resident revolt at Playa del Rey? How about the failure in San Diego (but wait North Park residents congestion is coming your way).

    As long as the average worker shrugs and says you cannot fight city hall this type of insanity will continue.

    A question for you taxpayers. When the street grid crashes and you are put at risk, “Who will Pay tor open the streets back up>” Get it they are robbing your tax money and then say “Oh too bad,” we have problems and don’t have the money to fix what we intentionally broke.

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  4. John Steele says

    In the meantime.. the Bloomies , Newsoms, Pelois, etc will fly jets and have cars.. Just not YOU !!!

  5. This idea ignores the elderly and the handicapped. I am 71 years old and in pretty good condition. I get out and walk 2 or 3 miles a couple of times a week but my Dr is at the VA which is about 10 miles away which is to far to either walk or ride a bike.

  6. This is 100% STUPID, and anyone who thinks for one second they can support this LOONEY LEFT LIBERAL IDEA IS 100% INDOCTRINATED BRAINWASHED STUPID!

    California is out of control. Where is Common Sense and the Iron Fist of sanity here to reign in NEWSOM, COMMIE CHIEF CONTROLLER. What the left is up to is downright EVIL. Thanks Mr. Soros!

    WOW, California, WAKE UP!!!

  7. Otis Needleman says

    Yeah, spent three years in Korea myself. Saw a lot of things delivered on bikes or handcarts. But as soon as trucks could be afforded, they were purchased.

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