Category Archives: advocacy

a tree falls victim to drunken office chair riding

there will be a photo filled post of the Invasion of the Tourists alleycat very soon! There would have been one today, but an unexpected ride last night with new friends put the kabosh on that, but stay tuned! there’s lots of great pics and of course the announcement of the fastest person in key west!

and now a short rant about irresponsible office chair riding:

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Sights like this are sobering and scary. Drunk kids, maybe all hopped up on meth or coffee (or both!) joyriding and endangering the citizens and trees of our quaint and quiet little island. I really hope nobody was injured and the tree will continue to grow and be healthy. I also hope enough people saw this carnage to help others from making the same mistakes.

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Pollard caught a shot of the same mess in the daylight and emailed it to me with the subject, “Seating apparatus violence up in the Keys‏.” It is frightening to think about how many people could have been crushed under that massive branch as it fell from the traumatic impact of the office chair.

office chair all crashed up and sad looking on Truman Ave

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This is an example of when drunken office chairing goes wrong. We’ve all been a little irresponsible before, in our younger years with drinking and operating office chairs. Some of our three of four readers may remember the first office chair post advocating for cyclists to open their hearts and bike racks to our office chair brothern. But scenes like this are chilling.

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The beer can can be seen much more clearly in this photo from a different angle. Its obvious why this office chair was wrecked into the sidewalk and abandoned. I really hope nobody was hurt. Perhaps the real cause was a charging chicken, but I doubt that. I still wish to share the racks, roads and sidewalks with my office chair riding brothers and sisters, but we, as a family of green transportationists, must curtail this kind of irresponsible riding.

The Soilder Ride

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A large group of cyclists from the Soldier Ride passed through Key West a few weeks ago. Max and I put a note on the door, locked up the shop and walked down the block to Eaton Street to greet and cheer everyone arriving on quite an array of two and three wheeled cycles. The Soldier Ride is a rehabilitative cycling event organized with the Wounded Warrior Project, who are working to ensure quality healthcare is accessible throughout the transition from active duty service member to veteran status and continues for the duration of the warrior’s life.

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This particular trip, January 13th to 17th, began in Miami and traveled through the scenic keys. There are rides all over the United States with 9 multi-day trips planned for next year. These are the only photos I took as I was working and couldn’t make it to the closing ceremony at the USS Mohawk, but the Soldier Ride Blog has much more information and better photos!

Great ride y’all, good on ya!

Fundraiser for Moe Kempa, over $3,000 raised!

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The fundraiser at  Stay Fit Studios was a full house and brought in over $3,000! I stopped by for about an hour to donate some money and jump on a bike for my first spin class. I was a sweaty mess! A projector was set up to show photos of the ride on a screen whilst everyone pedaled…or spun. It was my first time spinning and i have no idea what to call it! There was a great vibe and I was thankful to be able to take part. Best wishes to Moe!

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Another shot of the spinners! I am not sure how everyone could keep the pace the whole time. I took a few breaks, but lots of riders pedaled the entire time as the instructors rotated shifts. Wow. And there aren’t even hills here to enjoy.

Smart Ride 6!

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229 cyclists left Miami last Friday morning enroute to a wet, cold and blistery Key West to raise money for AIDS related charities in Florida. 100% of all money raised goes to a variety of organizations to help many, many people. 100%! Please check out the Smart Ride website for much more information about the ride. Hundreds more volunteers helped make the ride successful and wonderful. I have heard so many great stories from people involved and was lucky enough to attend the closing ceremonies; that my heart is super warm. Great job everyone! The above photo shows the amount of money raised at the time; it is now thousands more thanks to many donors and volunteers continuing to bring in the money. This post barely scrapes the surface of the 2010 Smart Ride. I cannot do it justice. Patrick closed down Fixed Gears so Max and I could attend the ceramonies. He had also been gone for the last few days as a volunteer mechanic and helped many people with their bicycles along the two day, 165 mile ride. Please also check out the Conch Republic Cyclist who rode the ride and will have a much better post and inside view!

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There was a tent to keep the bicycles out of the nasty weather. The loop around the island was canceled and the closing ceremony at the AIDS Memorial at the White Street Pier was moved to the HOV School auditorium.

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Crici Stroy-Martin, crew manager and ride committee member, addressing the emotional crowd.

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A riderless bike was walked though the crowd as a song was played to pay respect to those who could not ride today. A very emotional moment for many.

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Rosie’s Bar and Grill was presented the Founder’s Award for contintiued service. They have helped with every smartride, helping and feeding many riders and crew. I heard many amazing things about their Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast this year.

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do office chairs belong in bike racks?

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So yeah, sometimes you don’t want to walk to the bar. Obviously (i hope) driving isn’t an option. I suppose for some reason you may choose not to ride. And, every once in a while, i am sure we all will ask a friend to push us to the bar in an office chair. It happens.

But once there, what is the etiquette for the storage of the chair? Most office chairs are too low to sit at a bar. Leaving it against a wall like a longboard just seems like a bad idea. So, seems logical one would most likely decide to just lock it up outside? But is the bike rack the correct place?
Shit! I don’t know. But i want my non-fossil fuel burning self propelled brothers and sisters to know, i welcome you to lock your ride next to mine. Bicycles are transportation. And now, office chairs are transportation. Ride on!

Too Many Bicycles for the Bus!?!?

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(i haven’t been able to get a good photo of a bus with bicycles in it. so here’s a sign on Southard Street and Flemming Street. good to see!)

There are buses that run up and down the Keys along Rt. 1, and, like Hartford, they can carry two bicycles in a rack on the front. But, due to overwhelming popularity and many people being stranded or not allowed to bring thier bike due to lack of space; no bicycles are allowed at all. A recent article in the Key West Citizen highlighted this problem. Please check out the story.

I really appreciate and respect the Key West Transportation Director’s offer to hear any new ideas or suggestions to fix the situation. Hopefully the bus will carry bicycles again soon; and lots of them.

It seems like things like this are becoming more and more common; which is good and bad. I never thought I’d have trouble fining bicycle parking. I hope Obama and our local politicians can expand bicycle infrastructure fast enough and smart enough to keep up with the demand. Its a great direction to be going as long as we don’t all get stuck in a bottleneck!