Cycling, one of life’s great escapes. Today more-so than ever. We are living through our own slow-motion genocide televised live 24-7. Ain’t that America? Truth and fact based-science are no longer relevant as the inevitable failure of Capitalist-Insanity run amuck masquerading as government comes to a boil within the festering incompetence of today’s titular leadership. My very first bike ride escaping reality is still in progress fifty-nine years later. Remember the first time as a child when you realized most adults were, not exactly adults and the concept of real trust encompassed your childhood? My bicycle has been my escape from the lies of life, my way of reveling in life and nature. Escaping the bull-shit of life living on my bike with nature, nature is life get out in it, live in it. Don’t miss it! Let this virus be you opportunity for freedom, no longer a slave to the traffic-light, slave to the man, enjoy your new cycling-life. Jump over that fence enslaving your humanity. Jump Now.
Today the UK, under Boris Johnson’s leadership dedicated 2-billion-pounds to get more cyclists on the road as part of efforts to evolve a new lifestyle and economy in a corona-virus world. Sadly we don’t have any enlightened leadership in the USA.
While consequences of this virus unfold the many benefits of cycling re-emerge for society. The personal benefits of cycling are many, I believe a cycling town is a healthy town, a healthy in every way town, equaling societal strength and governmental stability with common-sense and reality leading the way. The closer you are to nature the closer you are to reality.
Cycling technology is part of this resurgence. E-Bikes of every flavor make commuting on E-Bike a reality for many. Cargo E-Bikes create options for small businesses. Bicycle engineering across the industry has made cycling easier for all with lighter faster, more reliable and dynamic components for every commuting scenario. E-Bikes will do for cycling what Snowboards and Shape-Ski’s did for the ski-industry.
It see it every day, tricycles, training-wheels, dusty bikes, uni-cycles, recumbent, a penny-farthing, e-bikes, cargo-bikes. With Corona-virus the need to recreate is plentiful and nature still is. My town Golden, Colorado is built for cycling, bike-paths, miles of concrete-trials, adjacent, the foothills with access to Morrison and Evergreen making a great day ride with may options for more miles along the route. Since lock-down I’ve been riding three-plus times a day turning every errand to an eight or ten mile loop. I might become a bike-racer after this, if there is an after.
The silver-linings. Cleaner Air! I see Denver without a brown-cloud. I see a new sea of cyclists. Bike shops are booming, my chain is clean, always. Cycling, it’s free health-care just outside your door. Exercise will the only health-care available soon. Cycling is freedom on steroids in these perplexing times, freedom from the insanity of reality. So get out and ride, ride like your life depends on it. I know mine does.
Unbidden, Johnson—who, before becoming prime minister regularly cycled in London—added that “there will be a huge amount of planning going to helping people to get to work other than by mass transit and this should be a new golden age for cycling.”
As this virus shuts down capitalism there hasn’t been a better time to ride a bike since the invention of the automobile. Human powered transport takes back the roads as Mother Nature reclaims her planet while air and water get cleaner by the hour. This is the perfect opportunity to evaluate what you really need in life. Two cars vs one car and a few bicycles, an E-Bike, plant a garden. Simplification will be essential to success and survival in these uncertain times with total failure of leadership in Washington.
The death of capitalism and the slow motion genocide of America’s back-bone the middle-class is happening now, televised live 24-7. Societal change can’t happen soon enough as infinite growth on a finite planet has proved the pure insanity it sounds like. An economy built on intentional war for profit, oil and lies is not sustainable. As American Empire unfolds we need too force change upon the selective-ignorance of revolting-wealth which has brought us to this, edge of extinction.
We need too act now as the “residue of democracy” (Chomsky 2015) is in peril. Cycling is one of life’s great experiences now more than ever, enjoy every ride! I am grateful for many things, these days my bike is topping the list. Here’s a great story to take your mind for a ride.