Our good friend Lydia (@FastMoneyLydia) is riding her bike 200 miles this August as part of the Pan-Mass Challenge to support cancer research. So while the rest of us are complaining about the humidity, L-Train will be pedaling 100 miles a day for the greater good. Click here to support this awesome cause.
Funny story about Lydia: She just last year tattled on her (adult) sister to their parents for riding a bike recreationally in New York City. Glad to she she’s come around on biking!
I want to give some props to the folks over at Shareable for writing about this (and to MadDog for bringing it to our attention). And yes, you did read that headline correctly. The town of Hull, WI wants to outlaw biking and walking.
Chief among the many questions this brings up is “the fuck?” I know there’s been some anti-biking beef out there, but walkers? Old people walk. Teenagers walk. Drunks with too many DUIs… well they at least ought to walk.
Here’s what I found on the internet from Hull:
A town public safety committee, which examined general safety on town roads this summer, came up with a draft ordinance in September that requires biking, running or walking groups to register their travel plans with the town or bans them from using roads outright.
I seriously can’t imagine registering with my town every time I went for a bike ride, not to mention a walk. But more importantly, this really brings into focus the notion of who owns the infrastructure. If Wisconsinites want to bike gang in the streets, they should first remember that they are THEIR streets, and they should secondly just go for it.
On a personal note, any and all biking buddies in the town of Hull, WI are cordially invited to come bike gang with us in New York anytime.