|From the Sunday, February 19 edition of the Arizona Republic.|
|Electric bikes at Bike Shop Hub. No gas required and an electric boost makes bike commuting easier.|
|Lotta cars out there but a few people find other ways that are just as effective.|
At the risk of appearing melodramatic or preachy, I'd like to take a moment to provide some well documented examples of oppression. Oppression is millions of Jews rounded up and murdered during World War II. It's an Egyptian woman in a blue bra being beaten for demanding basic human rights. Oppression is the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela and apartheid. It is Congolese children being forced to carry arms, fight and kill under threaten of death if they refuse. It is human trafficking, a serious problem world wide, mostly affecting poor women and children. Lest we forget oppression in these United States, we, too, have our own rich history. Native American have, perhaps, the most lengthy history of oppression in the United States and, since I've been living in the American Southwest for the last five years or so, I'd say they have a fairly reasonable list of ongoing gripes. I am descended from some folks who actively participated in the oppression of people kidnapped from the African continent (no matter how much some of my distant relatives would like to believe the contrary). Also oppressed: the interned Japanese Americans during World War II; women (we only got the right to vote less than 100 years ago); gays and lesbians (progress yes, but still no cigar!); and any group that has ever had the indignity of seeing a sign posted in a place of business that reads "(fill in the blank) need not apply!". The list could go on and on, continues today, and all those people probably deserve an apology (so take that Governors Rick Perry and Mitt Romney!).
|Snow and ice in the bike lane do rise to the level of threats to freedom and liberty but they are annoying.|
|Bicyclists are almost guaranteed a place to park in front of or very near their|
destination, even during the First Friday Art Walk. No oppression here.