18 December 2008

Living in Cincinnati Without a Car

Ok, well I'm not really living here, but I'm visiting my hometown for the holidays, and I'm relying on the courtesy of my family and friends to shuttle me around. It rather feels like I'm in their "custody"... currently I'm in my Mother's custody but will be in the custody of my best friends over the weekend.

Cincinnati is a car-centric city, for sure, even more so than Los Angeles, believe it or not. At least in LA, I have the option of the bus or the subway, most times of the day. In Cincinnati, most people I know do NOT take the bus. And if I were in a part of town where I could, I would definitely try to take the bus, but the public transportation system here just isn't robust enough. The good news is, if I hadn't been in a Target parking lot earlier this week, I would never have seen this gem....


09 December 2008

I get around ... sort of

Friday night I tried to get home (to Downtown) from the Westside (Venice-ish) and I had thought there was a bus that ran all night that I could catch. No, it wouldn't have been the smartest thing I've ever done but damn it, I wanted to sleep in my own bed. Besides my friend was there, and although she was too tired to drive me home, I was fully prepared to make her sit there and watch me at the bus stop until it came. Well, it didn't come because ... there was no late night bus. I mean, my goodness! Don't people need to get around for jobs in the middle of the night? As a city, isn't this supposed to be an option? Last time I checked, I didn't live in the middle of nowhere. Needless to say I remain as cynical as ever about the public transportation options in this city.

What I am not cynical about is biking, however. I still love it. Haven't been able to do too much of it lately though, which is why I'm considering going on C.I.C.L.E.'s 3rd Annual Toys & Mittens Ride this Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Looks like fun and it's for a good cause!

Also if I could take this thing with me on the ride, I totally would. It's so cute! And its hybrid electric! I could have used this on Friday night....

01 December 2008

Discriminating against bikers ... in the drive-thru

I have long wondered what would happen if I got a hankering for a "fourth meal" at Taco Bell late one night, but needed to take my bike because, well, I don't have a car. I never tried it because I knew what would happen... I've heard the stories and the urban legends, I'm sure you have too. They won't serve you. At one time I heard that serving a person who was not in a car was deemed "a security risk", which if you think about it, is probably the dumbest reasoning possible, because if someone really wanted to rob a place, they could unbuckle their seatbelt, jump out, and/or turn the car around and ram it through the flimsy front wall of the place. But I digress.

Recently a young lad in the Northwest tried to test this theory, on a bike no less, and not only was he turned away, he was arrested. Observe:
The employee said her manager had told her not to serve people on bicycles, because of the safety hazard. She explained the policy to the bicyclist, but he refused to leave and told her, "Go ahead and call the police. I'm making a stand."
Good for him! I mean, what's the big deal, anyway? It's a guy on a bike. Not a guy on a tank or a mobile missile launcher, for crying out loud! If anyone could explain this mystery to me I would appreciate it because clearly I'm missing something, and like the dude in the article said, we all have "a right to chicken strips."