Saturday Night!

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Mick
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I wnet downtown to see seinger-songwriter extraordinaire, Eve Goodman.

http://evegoodman.com/

Then I went to the strip district for the Steel City Square dance.

http://www.steelcitysquares.org/

Now, I knew there was a “bike lane” on Penn. I read about it here. And I’ve seen bike lanes befoe. I like them. and all, sure.

I expected it to go three blocks and look nice and all. Y’know?

But THAT bike lane? WOW!

It goes places. It protects bike riders from drivers – on a Saturday night when the drunks are out – WHERE the drunks are out.

It goes through DOWNTOWN!

Riding though downtown without the fear for my life? On a late summer Saturday night? That was wondrous, joyous,.

It was definitely “ineffable” – even with a whole internet at my disposal, I can’t find the words to adequately express the feeling I had riding in that lane.

Clearly a religious experience, an ecstaic exp[erience!

Thanks Bike Pittsburgh!

I stopped a cyclist going the other way. I asked him how far the lane went. I thInk I might have conveyed what I was trying to say better facial expression and body language.

That was more like “HOLY C***!*T!!! HOLY F**K ! ! THIS BIKE LANE! ! ! HOLY SH@T!! BIKE LANE! THIS BIKE LANE!!!”

I thinnk he got the point, because he really smiled when he told me it went “All the way to teh strip”

I went to dance – they had a bike rack in front. Many bikes, yes, yes indeed!

I danced. I drank! I let women flirt with me. I let men flirt with me, even.

When I left the dance to go see Lungs Feet Face (or actually to get to the venue too late to see Lungs Feet Face …), there was a charming couple, who politely insisted they werer going to rede with me. They were wonderfully charismatic (translation : they listened to my meandering tales and smiled a lot).

The woman said that she never does “bicycle things.” It is just the way she gets around – which is how I lived pre-Flock, pre-GAP “I have a lot of fun when I ride. I get a lot of exercise. But I never ride FOR fun and I never ride FOR exercise.”

I ran into bunches of people who were excited to meet car -free people.

Best night I’ve had on a bike in pittsburgh since 1977 when a girl named Sandy put me on her bike seat, then sat on my lap and pedaled me home.

Anyhow, this is like a Bike-Pittsburgh “Missed connection!” If you are one of the people I ran into, please contact me!

It made me feel like a urbane s


edmonds59
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Man you have brightened my day immeasurably. My misanthropy level is done to like, five. Thx.


Marko82
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@mick, I’d keep that supplier you got there (both literal and figurative). Glad you had fun!


Mick
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Should have been, “It made me feel like an urbane sophisticate.”

if you can imagine a “sophisticate” who is too damned ADD to finish a post.

Does splleing count?

But it feels to me (as much as I know about these things) that bpittsburgh is tentering a golden age for bicyclists.

YAY! Bike-Pgh! Bravo Mr Mayor, Bill Peduto!


Swalfoort
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Where is the “LIKE” button? Or the “SUPER LIKE” button.

Sounds like a great time, Mick!


emma
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This is my favorite kind of thread! Positively jubilant!


edmonds59
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Coincidentally, this, from Rebel Metropolis, a new way to measure cycling’s success. I’m pretty sure most of the negative commenters on biking news stories are just miserable farts with no friends; http://rebelmetropolis.org/a-new-way-to-measure-cyclings-success/


gg
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Love that new bike lane. Used it twice this week. I am uncertain what the best way to continue past the bike lane to the point, but I just sort of do a diagonal thing and get in the lane. I find it better to go through the light when red, so I don’t have to deal with cars. Is that against the law? I guess, but at least there are not cars on my butt and that makes me happy enough. Pittsburgh is sure changing. Sometimes I just can’t believe it. Thanks Bike Pgh for all your hard work and hat’s off to the new Mayor continuing Mayor Murphy’s bike commuting improvements.

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