It has been a year. A good one. Sometimes “one” doesn’t quite convey the extent of a situation. Yet, one year is a considerable length of time. Doing anything consistently for a year changes a person’s perspective.
Year-long social experiments are fascinating; short enough to be doable, but long enough to impart change. In 2010, I took a self-portrait every day. Fewer than five seconds a day. You wouldn’t think it would matter but it did. Taking the photo punctuated by day. It created a moment of pause and reflection. Then I posted the photo. Looking through the photos, I noticed phases and styles.
Transport/Land is also a social experiment that I started with three others. As of this month, it has been a full year.
Our mission is to provide an online presence to promote the in-presence use of cargo bikes within our community. Looking back, we facilitated synergy. Arguably, the level of synergy was not as much as I hoped, Portland is a fickle town; however, we had some highlights.
- Engaging in conversations with Amtrak to allow families to bring cargo bikes on the train. As of yet, this has not been resolved.
- Sharing opinions on cargo bike culture
- A bit of whimsy with old photos, old newspaper articles, old sayings, and old jokes with a twist.
- A run through the Starlight Parade.
- Work with the Oregon Food Bank and Southeast Portland Food Project.
- Disaster Relief Trials! and Preparedness Promotion of all sorts.
- Connecting with great people across the ocean who also enjoy a cargo bike or two.
- chance to promote (R)evolutions per Minute/Less Car More Go a documentary by Liz Canning in which I believe.
- To inform and inspire unintended uses for cargo bikes.
- Building a teen-sized cargo bike.
- Promote the useful deconstruction of houses through the ReBuilding Center.
- Promote cargo bike support for Friends of Trees
- Cargo bikes for every day cycling and light truck use.
Pedalpalooza Lab to Lab ride:My son, Kael, recently received a Tom LaBonty cargo bike. This ride is his idea. Join fellow custom-cargo enthusiasts for a celebration of handmade, one of a kind, utilitarian cycles. Anyone who owns a custom cargo bike, and everyone who simply loves custom cargo bikes, is welcome. We will start at the SE Lucky Lab and ride to the NE Lucky Lab because you cannot spell LaBonty without LAB. Meet up time at SE Lucky Lab is 3 pm (Sunday, June 9th). Hot Rod style display at both locations; bike information cards; and wonky cargo bike games! Come for a haul-of-a-good time!
Be sure to check out the 2013 Disaster Relief Trials.
Hopefully a Cargo Bike Roll Call