Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What Does Bikenomics Mean To You? (Zine Giveaway)

zinePrizePackFollowing up on the topic of bikenomics this week, I'd like to hear what it means to you. Everyone who contributes a brief comment of their own personal story, data point or other interesting thought on the role of bicycling in the economy, will be entered into a random drawing to win a copy of Elly Blue's zine Bikenomics: How Bicycling Will Save The Economy (If We Let It) and a copy of volume 3 and 4 of her collaborative quarterly zine Taking The Lane (which can also be purchased here). Elly was generous enough to give me a few extra copies of some of her work when I recently visited Portland, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share them with my own readers.

The winner will be announced next week, and prizes will be given out in person for those in the immediate area, or who can get over to Santa Monica (preferably without a car or personal jet [so we don't disturb the SMO neighbors]). If you would like to contribute to the discussion but exclude your self from the drawing, let me know at the end of your comment.


JD said...

Bikenomics to me is the 8 thousand or so bucks I save every year by not having a car

Gary said...

It's slow going in here so far, but I'll toss in that a huge motivating factor for me to sell my car was parking tickets for street cleaning. I barely used it at a certain point, but had to keep moving it, and inevitably forget. The car is a constant ongoing money sink no matter how little you use it. But maintaining and parking a bike is lot less costly.

EricW said...

A Zen Teacher saw five of his students return from the market, riding
their bicycles. When they had dismounted, the teacher asked the

“Why are you riding your bicycles?”

The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying this sack of
potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!”

The teacher praised the student, saying, “You are a smart boy. When
you grow old, you will not walk hunched over, as I do.”

The second student replied, “I love to watch the trees and fields pass
by as I roll down the path.”

The teacher commended the student, “Your eyes are open and you see the world.”

The third student replied, “When I ride my bicycle, I am content to
chant, nam myoho renge kyo.”

The teacher gave praise to the third student, “Your mind will roll
with the ease of a newly trued wheel.”

The fourth student answered, “Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony
with all beings.”

The teacher was pleased and said, “You are riding on the golden path
of non-harming.”

The fifth student replied, “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.”

The teacher went and sat at the feet of the fifth student, and said,
“I am your disciple.”

Steve said...

Bikenomics means the money I save not only in vehicle cost, but also the money that is saved by not having to see a doctor because of vehicle-related health problems, or how about the tax-dollars that are saved because cycling does not tear up the roads as vehicles do. Also, cash that is not sent to the oil companies because of pedaling can be used to help struggling small businesses that need our help far more than big oil.

Gary said...

So a computer randomization has selected Steve as the winner for this. If you can send me your e-mail contact, we can arrange getting the zines to you.

My e-mail is g a r y r i d e s bikes@ gmail .com