Monday, January 05, 2009
Walking starting to get old...
Walked for my commute again. When I get back on my bike, it will be less work getting to and from work. How many people get to say that?
Out of curiosity I took the Tiger Trail up the hill this morning. It is very do-able. Thank Gawd for the Ipod, podcasts, and of course, Lee Scratch Perry.
The Sheriff canceled school today (what kind of message does that send the kids?). I guess the sheriff runs the city, the county, the school district, etc. He is waiting for the sidewalks to clear so kids walking to school won't get hit by cars. Lincoln's sidewalks are under about 6 feet of compact graterized snow. Good luck with that.
As long as cars rule in Spokane, the sidewalks will never be clear - because they keep getting buried to make it easier for cars to travel. This forces pedestrians into the street and we have to mix it up with the cars. That's just the way it is - Sheriff. It's not a perfect world. As long as cars slow down, and pedestrians get out of the way when they need to, it should all work out.
I don't think we need a Critical Mass event for pedestrians. Most drivers are very courteous and accommodating to pedestrians. There will be the occasional jerk, but there always is. However, there is something to be said for strength in numbers. Plus it shows drivers that there are better alternatives - maybe.
Sarah had a great idea this morning. What if the Sheriff (as he seems to be running the show) announced that, between certain hours, school children own the streets, and that motorists should plan accordingly. A great solution.
Anyway, here are some pictures of the Tiger Trail in case you are wondering what it's like for your commute: