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Imagine Tacoma – Bike Me!
As the calendar points to it now being Spring, thoughts turn to taking the bicycle down from the rafters of the garage and check it out for fair-weather commuting to Downtown Tacoma. So imagine fine-tuning Downtown itself to make the ride to, and from, work more inviting:
Pierce Transit Hillclimb Assistance:
What about Pierce Transit giving bicycle commuters a ride ‘up the hills’ for free? – a ‘Free-wheel Up-Hill’ so to speak. Allow helmeted riders on-board for the bit of the ride from Pacific Avenue up to Division, MLK or South 38th. And if not free – maybe for a yearly ‘Get out of Downtown for a Fee Card?’
St. Helen’s Assistance:
Please have St. Helen’s be a one-way UPHILL. Use the vestige of the horse-powered street car line to be conducive for used by the human-powered craft.
Please, please restripe all of the angled parking for back-in (thus allowing the removal of trunk items towards the curb and not into traffic) – and the bicyclist can make eye-contact with the driver.
Hey, if we can’t get trash cans, lets at least get bike racks.
With gasoline prices expected to spike-up again this Summer (and if you’re a Kunstlerite– we are past peak oil production as it is), some low-tech cost-efficient bicycle amenities might just help get more fair-weather cyclists into the fold (and up the hill).
Note: Tacoma Bike Swap, Saturday, May 9, Noon – 5 p.m. UPS Memorial Fieldhouse.
Free and open to the public. Come buy or sell a bike as part of Bike Month!
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