Friday, May 18, 2007

Bike to Work Day: Shreveport not made for European or alternative style or, particularly, for discussing alternatives to the status quo

Bike to Work 05.18.07
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
If you didn't ride your bike to work today, I'm pretty sure you don't want to hear about our 25-minute trek inside the haven of tree-lined East Shreveport.

But with gas at $3 a gallon, isn't it time Shreveport began to have a widespread conversation about conservation?

Biking isn't going to be the answer for most people. But it is symbolic of alternatives.

Shreveportitis is part of our town's character. It's about accepting our fate. It's, like, let someone else think this out. It's knowing that we don't have to worry about leadership or alternatives or demonstrating insight.

Still, given the brainpower and affluence of East Shreveport, at least, shouldn't there be a more apparent sense of save-the-planet consciousness?


JaneDoughnut said...

Shreveportitis. Ha! Hanging on in quiet desperation is our way, too.

Shame on me. Biking is definitely an option for the few short miles I need to go to work. But when I lived in Bossier, it wasn't an option at all. It would be nice if we could just be more bicycle-friendly on our streets.

Robert E Trudeau said...

Thanks for examining your street conscience, Miss Jane, for the public record.

Spt seems to be an effective life inhibitor.

But this morning I saw Dane & Kathy Hassell walking on Centenary Blvd. Stopped my bike to say hello. We we were all on our way to George's Grill.