Alix Bryan of P.E.A.C.E Scooter fame passed through Chicago while I was at Amerivespa. I’d hoped to meet her for dinner at a Korean restaurant Sunday night with some Modern Buddy folks, but I got back kind of late and some wires got crossed so I ended up eating with Ryan instead. Sorry Alix. We made this peace sign out of the banchan dishes, in your honor.
Alix got some news coverage in Cleveland the other day, and her months-long journey will end Friday (August 8, 2008) with a victory lap around the White House (a group ride leaves from Vespa Arlington at noon), then Scoot Richmond is hosting a party for her at 5pm on Saturday, featuring the final raffle drawing. Congratulations Alix!
Orin reports Seattle is enacting a $38 fine for moving a parked scooter. Not much of a deterrent, but when local governments are even acknowledging such a problem, it’s good news. Orin should be printing up “park here for $38” stickers.
Columbus Ohio’s new dedicated motorcycle and scooter parking, unveiled last week, has been making national news and will hopefully serve as a model for other communities. The best part: it all happened over the course of 48 days, starting with a well-organized protest, followed by good communication and swift, positive action by the city. It’s amazing to relive the entire process in this thread on the Cutters’ forum. The more I learn about how this happened, the more I’m floored. This is historic stuff, and how cool are the signs?
A london home design company is selling seats made from recycled scooter tires. They’re neat, but I bet 2sb readers have some better ideas, let’s hear ’em!
Comment here, or email us. Send sketches, too if you’re the arty type!
Linda and Karen are riding 6000 miles across America to catch a Cure concert at the Meadowlands. No, wait, I read it wrong, it’s for cancer awareness! They have a blog too. You can donate here.
An editorial from urban planning site Planetizen: “Scooting in a City Built for Cars.” )Thanks, Drew) I’m looking forward to some interesting comments on this one. I’ll start off negative by reiterating my cringing disdain for the word “Scooting,” but I’m sure many new scooterists are finding themselves in a similar situation.
Vespa Thousand Oaks officially released this statement at midnight, saying they are putting an abrupt end to Peter Ramstine’s “Vespadition” campaign of which they were a primary sponsor, due to allegations of impropriety coming in from various sources, including this anonymous letter.
Alix is in New Orleans and blogging strong. Definitely worth checking daily (update:RSS is working now, hooray!). Be sure to check out her weekly raffles.
Alix B. is in Atlanta already, and she’s got some really cool t-shirts for sale via Scooterworks.
A funny site about the misguided and pandering “Gas Tax Holiday” idea proposed by Clinton and McCain. We’ve tried it here in Illinois and it doesn’t work.
Berwyn, IL demolished their famous “Spindle” of cars
late Friday night to make room for Chicagoland’s 100,000th Walgreen’s. Like most of us, Ryan and Alison were outraged, so they set about rebuilding it with scooters
while the rest of us were on the Hell’s Fairies Spring Roll.
Alix B. left Scoot Richmond an hour ago, launching into her second P.E.A.C.E. scooter ride, circling the U.S.A. I totally dropped the ball on getting the word out about her raffle,, but we’ll be watching her blog and waiting for her in Chicago. Good luck, Alix, be safe!
The Brighton and Hove City Council had to redefine “three wheeler” to allow the Piaggio MP3 to use motorcycle parking. As the current glut of proposed three-wheeled minicars and motorcycles hits the road, many other municipalities will likely have to follow suit.
Florida’s High Endurance Scooter Club rode from Orlando to St. Augistine to raise money for a single mom battling lupus. Nice work, guys!
The very last 2SB/MT soccer jersey is being auctioned to benefit Josh Rogers. The auction closes tomorrow. Victor from Big People Scooters has driven bidding to a lofty $150 (all for Josh!), but if you can’t compete with that, there’s a lot more great stuff/a>