i wish there was a function for the google maps directions feature
where i could tell it “no, really, seriously, i never ever want to bike down moreland ave ever and please don’t get all mad at me and do weird loopy things down streets that aren’t even one way when i try and change the route, thnx”
eta: verbalprivilege replied
use the bike route feature! it rarely gives me moreland ave when I do that.
huh; i did use the bike route function, and it still insisted i use moreland
and the google maps interpretation of bike-friendly can be kind of wonkey, anyway; like, pretty much all of boulevard is green but it’s defintly not true that so much of boulevard is in any way safe or non-terrifying for bicyclists
but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something
from besttumblr“It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the black and Hispanic and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” – I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on. So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something. And YES black people on bikes and with gardens DO have an awareness of the environment. Surprisingly so! These values are in our communities and they are good values. My Grandmother was an organic gardener before it was “cool” –My mother believed in composting all waste and recycling whatever could be reused– it was a religious thing. God hates waste.”
why do i keep getting terrible flats on my bike?
but only on my front tire?
srsly, i think there’s something fucked about the rim that but i keep looking at it and it looks fine
complaining about the one way-streets: hobby of native atlantans and visitors alike
i’ve never driven a car, so while i’ve always known that downtown atlanta is shitty for driving, it took me trying to ride my bike around the hotel district at 7ish yesterday evening to fully grasp the disgruntlement-inducing stupidity of it all
between the ridiculous traffic and the one-way streets, it was faster for me to just pull over and walk my bike on the sidewalk than to actually stay on the road
what are you doing atlanta