Ok, probably not bike bits. I’m just going to stick to riding for a while and not saying anything else about bikes for a bit, especially since people that ride bikes don’t seem to actually READ my blog before rambling on death threats and such. But woe is me the ever writing transit user. So yeah, love blogs, hate taxes, on to new topics.
I have a Green Line MAX Preview ride coming up tomorrow, which should be cool. I believe the idea is we’ll make the loop around the Portland Mall on one of the new MAX LRVs. Should rock, I’m looking forward to it. Also Joleen will be joining me after she rides downtown on her bike (yeah, we ride bikes, did I mention that previously?)
More Bike Comments
So any new readers please note that I’m very pro-bike, so don’t get fussy (Argh I couldn’t not comment). I love cycling, I have since I’ve lived in Mississippi and even after ALL 6 incidents where a motorist has hit me. All the motorists where at fault btw – just so you know. Two of those have been here in PDX. So I know what it is like to be threatened by automobiles. It’s a little different than being annoyed by a cyclists blowing a stop sign. A cyclist might get killed, but if you’re driving your greatest threat is the other vehicles (and yourself) on the road, not the cyclist.
Ok, as expected (by me) the new streetcars will be $3.4 Million EACH! That’s a FULL MILLION above the price of the original cars that where shipped from the other side of the planet. We get them in country and they just balloon to $3.4 Million each? I call foul. People are a fuss about prospective bike taxes, they need to get a fussing about the price of the streetcars. I want service, I want frequency, I don’t care that they’re spiffy looking new ones. I WANT MORE STREETCARS but without the obscene stupid price tag. Take out the twisty parts, buy some smaller ones, do something. Sam Adams, Fred, and the rest of you guys come on! GO PRICE SHOPPING for some streetcars dammit! 204 where purchased recently by our northern Canadian neighbors who are paying significantly less than we are. If we piggy backed on that order we could get them for almost a million less per car. In addition we could probably still get something built HERE in America for vastly less money. What are you guys doing? Are you ignoring the price tag on these things and just hoping the streetcars will breed like rabbits or something? Come on!