I had to put these two videos back-to-back. It’s pretty amazing how you can change the conversation when business and economic impact enter the picture. Personally, I see nothing wrong with using 19th century technology to solve a 21st century problem. The technology exists today, we can start using it immediately and make a positive impact on several levels: less energy use, less smog, healthier communities… Whereas funding energy exploration and technology is a gamble at best. It may or may not pay out 10-15 years down the road.
I just wish we could get Jerry Norquist to help out in NC….
On Thursday May 6, the Bike Culture Summit will commence in New York City. The event is a benefit for Transportation Alternatives – an organization whose mission is to “reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.” So, all proceeds from the event will support the group’s bicycle advocacy work.
The Bike Culture Summit will be held May 6 at NYU’s Wasserman Center Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m. Cycling pundits, the ‘Bike Snob’, bicycling historian David Herlihy and Caroline Samponaro (Director of Bicycle Advocacy for Transportation), will offer their expert insight regarding controversies such as ‘How should cyclists relate to pedestrians, motorists and to delivery cyclist’ and ‘To what extent should cyclists sacrifice style and convenience for safety.’
Thanks to the folks at Kona Bikes for the heads up on this - they will be there in full support.
It looks like OIA has united with The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Outdoor Alliance, in support of responsible management of inventoried roadless areas. The group’s end goal is to sustain “the high-quality sporting and recreational opportunities provided by America’s backcountry.”
Bill Schneider over at New West has a great opinion piece about this new alliance. We’ve been writing about potential alliances between conservation organizations for years at The BOSS Report. We’ve also been talking to Frank Hugelmeyer over at OIA about all of the common ground the Outdoor Specialty business has with the hook & bullet crowd.
Yes, there are differences – sometimes dramatic differences – of opinion. Hunters and backpackers are referring to two totally different things when they talk about packing a Cannon into the backcountry. I personally prefer the SLR variety. But when it comes to preserving roadless wilderness, we are both in the same boat.
Backpacking Light issued a press release today stating that they are seeking a partnership with the Blue Ribbon Coalition, an Off Road Vehicle community group. Their goal is to “join forces in the fight for American Wilderness preservation.”
They also listed several different issues that are undergoing a “feasibility study”