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Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Bicycle Culture | 4 comments

We have power to change the street

Decades ago our public road space was usurped by a wealthy minority. Thus began the Motor Age Occupation of our streets. It started with invasion and resistance, but in time, the majority was made to believe that streets were for cars and all others intrude at their own peril. Citizens were made to believe we have to buy back our right to travel safely by owning and maintaining an automobile (even though we subsidize all the externalities of motoring regardless of whether or not we own a car).

But that is just a belief. A sad, limiting, dysfunctional belief.

Excesses of this Motor Age belief have worn out its welcome, gutted our communities, polluted our environment, diverted our assets and undermined our health and quality of life. Slowly, the majority is turning away from the Motor Age — back to what we believed for thousands of years before the automobile.

Streets are for people.

They are ours to use by human power. Now.

We don’t need permission. We don’t need a permit.

We are not helpless or dependent. We don’t need segregation. We don’t need government, planners, consultants or advocates to help us drive our bikes. We don’t need more bicyclists to make us safe or legitimate. We don’t need a higher authority to tell the motorists we belong on the road.

We are Bicycle Drivers.

Motor Age beliefs have no power over us. Because we already know the truth.

Every day, we take back our rightful and legal place on the infrastructure we already pay for. 

With a smile.

We Occupy the Lane.

4 Comments

  1. Bravo! Beautifully stated!

    • For some time now, I’ve suspected that Yehuda Moon is looking at Keri C.’s work for material and inspiration…

  2. Great concept. Yes, if bicyclists take personal responsibility to learn the rules of the road and ride with traffic, that will change the streets. It takes healthy thinking along the lines of equal rights and responsibilities, and that will change our streets in a way that challenges the concept of special rights for motorized vehicle drivers.

    The striping of segregated facilities re-enforces unhealthy thinking of victimhood and special rights and responsibilities that pits bikes versus drivers.

    Here’s a Seattle public radio station’s audio program on attitudes where at 7:05 minutes Joseph Rose Portland, Oregon newspaper, pans Occupy The Lane:
    http://www.kuow.org/podcast/Conversation/ConversationB20111207.mp3

    I don’t think “Occupy” is necessary. All I need is:
    Get in-line and take your turn. Or should it be “take your turn by getting in-line”.

    For example, the message I’m taking from Occupy Wall Street is: Banks are too big to occupy. The method is becoming the message, not the intended target.