It's Friday, and in my books, that means it's time to feel good. Let's set aside the doom-and-gloom stories for a moment and focus on some good news!
Okay, so maybe the really good news today is that the Progressive Conservative Party was not elected in yesterday's provincial election. But my voter apathy rant from earlier this week (though justified because voter turnout hit an all-time low at 49.2%) kind of filled my quota for political content on my blog for a while, so let's talk about something else!
Recently I heard from two of my readers who live in Boston that their city lags behind in green initiatives. Today I'm happy to tell Sabrina and Lori that they can at least feel good about these cool new bike repair stations located next door in Cambridge! Costing about $1,000 each, the stations provide cyclists with basic tools for making quick-fix repairs while on the go. The number of cyclists in Cambridge more than doubled between 2002 and 2008, so the need is apparent. Stations like this keep existing bike riders happy, and I'd like to think they also encourage more people who typically walk or drive to hop on a bike instead, knowing they won't have to buy a repair kit to carry around with them.
While it's possible that someone may want to steal the tools - all they would need are wire cutters, after all - I would like to think that this type of vandalism wouldn't happen with a cycling-related initiative, just like it's not happening with the BIXI bikes here in Toronto. I don't always have a lot of faith in humanity, but the folks around here seem to feel a sense of ownership and perhaps a bit of a protective attitude towards communal bike infrastructure... which means I hope we get these bike repair stations, too!
To my Canadian readers, have a great Thanksgiving weekend! To my American readers, happy Columbus Day - hope you get the day off work. :)
Photo of bike repair station used under Creative Commons from Chris Devers (flickr).