We spent the 80’s cycling around Denver. As in…that was our sole transportation.
No matter; even then Denver had bike lanes and a trail system that wound throughout the city. Denver was well used to cyclists: either in the heart of town or packs of cyclists screaming down 8000 foot mountain hairpin curves. 1
Cycling and Kansas City, on the other hand, get along as well as the Israelis and the Hamas. 2
There is no objective reason for this. After all it’s not as though Kansas City’s streets are any narrower than Denver’s. No, mostly it’s a matter of bringing a populace’s hidebound, 1950’s attitude up to at least the 1980’s. 3 And the best way to do that is to put a well-known face on cycling, someone with whom Kansas City can easily identify. Who better than Mayor James?
Bike Share KC does a reasonable job promoting cycling, but they could do more: imagine Kris Ketz and Mayor James on a tandem cycle, “cruising” about town while Ketz interviewed the Mayor? 4 That would go a long way to promoting cycling in Kansas city.
And we don’t want to hear diddly about how busy the Mayor is: if The Mayor of London could ride tandem with a reporter from the BBC, Sly could take an hour to promote Kansas City cycling with Ketz.
We mean, it couldn’t be near as embarrassing as “dancing” for the GOP, n’est-ce pas? 5
- That last could be unsettling the first time you came upon it: should one deftly maneuver around the pack and hope a semi wasn’t crawling up the mountain around the next hairpin curve? Or should one noodge the trailing cyclist with the car’s front fender, thereby scattering a scree of riders? Surprisingly very few cyclists, as a percentage of the whole, were ever struck. Invariably, those riders involved had themselves to blame: carelessness or outright foolhardy behavior as the root cause. Those handful of instances where a driver, through inattention or mental instability, had caused the injury were dealt with promptly and harshly, guaranteeing a reasonable accommodation for all. ↩
- Which is to say (for those of you not paying attention) not at all. ↩
- Though this time? We can do without the whole big hair phenomena, okay? ↩
- Please, this is a class publication: no whale jokes. ↩
- Which, we would gently remind Sly, got Kansas City exactly bupkis. ↩