Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Grab Bag: Bike to Work Day; etc.

It's Friday again, and that means it's Grab Bag Day.  Now it seems that Friday is the only day that I can sit down and write something.  So be it.

1.  Today is National Bike to Work Day.  If you didn't bike to work today, well then, shame on you!  Bikes are a big deal, and they are becoming an even bigger deal. In Cambridge, MA this day has already arrived. Bike riding has increased over 150 percent since 2002.  That means that for every 10 cyclists on the road back then, there are now 25.  These numbers are impressive, but they probably undercount, and they don't give any sense of how many more bikers may join.  According to the American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau's analysis of trends in America which the Republican House of Representatives recently voted to defund, Cambridge tops the list of cities where people either walk or ride their bike to work.

And the ironic part: Parking becomes the main issue with bikes, just like it is with cars

2.  More construction in Cambridge.  The construction boom continues in Cambridge, MA.  This building sits on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Trowbridge Street, above what used to be the Bowl and Board store.

Cambridge, singlehandedly keeping the construction industry afloat

3.  In Memoriam.  Stephen Aaron (1936 - 2012) died on Sunday, May 6.
An old family friend and one of those important people in my life, I remember him more than fondly, and miss him.  While he would probably want Bach, today I listen to Simon and Garfunkel for whatever reason. 

I'll remember Steve with a photo of a dappled Deux Chevaux parked near Memorial Drive last Sunday