Patience

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. ~Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

I have many admirable qualities, right? We all do. However, patience does not top my list. Those words choke me as I approach a car-free (or at least very limited use) time in my life. I expect an adjustment period that includes late arrivals, missed appointments, general frustration, and possibly a teensy-tiny bit of personal growth in the area of patience.

But, at least part of my wait is over: ALL THE PARTS ARE IN!

Since February I have called MOAB weekly for updates about the Trike build. We patiently waited from parts from five suppliers and ignored the big tricycle box in the store until everything arrived.  Apparently “everything” was delivered Saturday with no warning. Mark has been out this week. My Trike awaits his return so the build can begin!

I asked Xavier to update me with some “crazy” pics while they are putting it together. When I get them, I’ll update you. Until then….. patience.

Politics: TN HB1650

On March 16, 2016, a bill (HB1650–SB1716) introduced by TN Senator Gardenhire and Representative Carter was sent to the Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee. This bill prevents the use of gas tax revenue for non-vehicular travel! 

Please contact COMMITTEE MEMBERS before Wednesday, March 30, 2016 to STOP THIS BILL!!!

  1. "No Bikes" Road SignRemind them that the transportation cabinet should fund all forms of transportation!
  2. Ask them to use gas tax revenue to fund sidewalks and crosswalk improvements for pedestrians!
  3. Ask them to use gas tax revenue to fund meaningful bike lanes!

Even though bicycles are considered a vehicle under Tennessee State Law, the intent of this dangerous bill is to prevent TDOT from building bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

This bill hurts all Tennesseans, since the majority of those who walk and bike in our state also contribute to the gas tax fund. All road users benefit from decreased congestion and improved safety, some of the many benefits of providing walking, biking, and transit options.

This Bill Will:

  1. Violate Americans with Disabilities Act (as explained by TDOT here)
  2. Jeopardize Tennessee’s access to nearly a billion dollars of transportation funding from the Federal Highway Administration (as explained by TDOT here)
  3. Bring back 1950s transportation engineering
  4. Prevent safety improvements along busy state streets
  5. Decrease state and federal funds available to local governments
  6. Hurt businesses and make it harder to attract a competitive workforce
  7. Eliminate the Multimodal Access Fund
  8. Void TDOT’s Multimodal Access Policy
  9. Further endanger people on our streets
  10. Result in the loss of valuable tourism and commercial dollars

You can help oppose this bill! Reach out to your representatives on the Ways and Means Committee to let them know you oppose HB1650 — SB1716.

 **Big thank you to Bike Walk Tennessee for the use of their information and links in this post. **

Song

Yes, there is an album and a song titled “Yellow Tricycle”. It was released by Damien Saez on March 16, 2009. You can check it out on YouTube here. Find it on iTunes through his site or check out his other music. This site is in no way affiliated with the artist.

Yellow Tricycle – A Lover’s Prayer

by Damien Saez

Where i’m going where i’m from on my yellow tricycle
The nights i’ve been looking for a way back home
The things i am going through the fear just to talk to you

The friends i don’t understand
And you like a nail in my hand
You dont know the lies that i took for truth
The days running after you
My heart that is beating fast
If only the moment could last
The night that i spent with you you don’t remember do you
The pain that’ll never end ’cause you’re like a nail in my hand
You don’t know for you i’ll make it all blue
My yellow tricycle with your two broken wheels
Around and round and round
My yellow tricycle you make the world all blue
Your voice in my head under the bed
I know they’re waiting for me
Out of the window maybe i’ll jump
And you will rescue me maybe
My only friend my only
Maybe you will rescue me

Poem

The World’s Greatest Tricycle Rider

by C.K. Williams

The world’s greatest tricycle rider
is in my heart, riding like a wildman,
no hands, almost upside down, along
the walls and over the high curbs
and stoops, his bell rapid-firing,
the sun spinning in his spokes like a flame.

But he is growing older. His feet
overshoot the pedals. His teeth set
too hard against the jolts, and I am afraid
that what I’ve kept from him is what
tightens his fingers on the rubber grips
and drives him again and again on the same block.

*** C.K. Williams (1936-2015) was an American Poet whose many accolades include a 2000 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.***