Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Anger and Intolerance

Yesterday, as I plied the streets of Brooklyn aboard the Ironic Orange Julius Bike, I encountered a sight so beautiful that it nearly knocked me off my bike like a roadie on a slightly irregular surface:

Yes, that is indeed an MTA Access-a-Ride paratransit bus being stopped by the police. According to the New York City website, Access-a-Ride provides "transportation for people with disabilities who are unable to use public bus or subway service for some or all of their trips." In actual practice though I have never seen a disabled person--or in fact any person--either board or disembark from an Access-a-Ride bus. This is because it is nearly impossible to get within 50 yards of an Access-a-Ride bus without losing your life as they are driven by Berserkers and are more dangerous than a thousand cabbies. It's like the MTA freebased a bus and put the driver on a mescaline IV drip. Recently I was almost hit by one making an illegal u-turn and the driver yelled at me.

So it's no wonder that I was so happy to see one finally being interdicted by the authorities. Of course, I'm sure the officers didn't actually summons the driver or place him under arrest. They probably just chided him and explained that he really shouldn't pass school buses on the right when they're discharging children, especially if he needs to go onto the sidewalk in order to do it. Still, it's an encouraging sign. (Though I confess I was hoping the officer would reach for his radio--and not to call for backup.)

And you don't have to drive an Access-a-Ride bus to be a raging idiot. Just this very morning, as I traveled along treacherous streets strewn with wet autumn leaves, I got stuck behind a Volkswagen driving in the bike lane. Now, I should admit that I'm prejudiced against Nissans and Volkswagens. I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps it's because in New York Nissans seem always to be driven by the kinds of people who customize them with those idiotic retina-searing blue xenon headlights and hang CDs from their rear-view mirrors, and Volkswagens seem to appeal to the sorts of people who only buy products that are promoted by clever ad campaigns and don't know how to operate a fuel pump themselves.

Now ordinarily I might have said something nasty to the driver, or even gone so far as to close the car's foldable side-view mirror to allow myself to pass. (For some reason, this always renders people apoplectic, despite the fact that their mirrors are designed to close and it seems much better for both of us than smashing into it because they cut me off.) Instead, despite my prejudice--or perhaps because of it--I resolved to be polite. At the next light I approached the driver and nicely told her that she had been driving in the bike lane for the last three blocks. She was wearing a leather jacket that was a few sizes too tight, she had aggressively ironed and highlighted hair with lots of product in it (the highlights matched the jacket), and she had lots of skin care product and make-up smeared upon herself as well, giving her entire person the appearance of having been dipped in lacquer. Had I poured a bottle of water on her, it almost certainly would have beaded as though she had been Scotch-guarded. "Thank you for telling me," she replied nicely. And that, I thought, was that.

Naturally though, when the light changed she stayed in the bike lane, this time following me. At the next light I turned around to find she was still there, and I gave her a sarcastic "thumbs up," which she sarcastically returned (her moisturized thumb left a greasy smudge on her windshield), and then we just sat there glowering at each-other until the light changed again. Resolved not to lapse into anger and resigned to the fact that any further action on my part would be futile, I simply went on my way.

You see, there's a water table of anger in the city, and it's often very high. If the encounter had devolved into an altercation, she would have probably just cut off or honked angrily at the next cyclist she came across. Our fight would have been like a heavy rain, an overflow of anger would have been the result, and it almost certainly would have flooded some other peoples' basements as well. Then again, she was an idiot, and she probably just cut off or honked angrily at the next cyclist she came across anyway. And I certainly cut off a few Nissans and Volkswagens on purpose after encountering her. So maybe it doesn't matter. After all, she doesn't have to worry about flooding, since she is completely waterproofed.

Yes, cyclists and motorists both have a lot of anger. And as we've seen, increasing numbers of cyclists are choosing to vent their anger on their rims. This bicycle was recently spotted in San Francisco by a reader:


If the beloved AYHSMB rim was a Shakespearean sonnet, this "Fuck You" rim is at best a dirty limerick. The beauty of the AYHSMB rim is that, while it's certainly angry and not a little bit vulgar, its anger and vulgarity is channeled towards a specific group of people: haters. You can overlook the vulgarity because it connects with its target so accurately. It leaves the bystander staring with admiration rather than feeling besmirched himself. On the other hand, the "Fuck You" rim is like a nail bomb in that it offends indiscriminately. "Fuck who?" "You." That's it. It insults the innocent as well as the guilty. Even small children and the elderly are liable to be wounded by its schrapnel. It's an ugly act of terrorism as opposed to an eloquent exhortation to ball sucking.

And then there's this, forwarded by another reader:

This "F*ck Yo Couch" downtube message is obviously an homage to the famous "Chappelle's Show" skit, though it's even more compelling if one considers it outside of that context. It then becomes a bold expression of independence, in that the owner has probably been living on a friend or relative's couch for years while saving the money to build up his bike. And now that the bike is finished, he can finally move on and seek his own couch. Perhaps he can even dare to dream and start pricing futons. (In the furniture heirarchy, a futon is higher than just a couch, though it is lower than having both a couch and a bed.) The "F*ck Yo Couch" message is offensive, true, but the owner has shown restraint by censoring the "F*ck." Also, it's less an insult than it is an expression of exuberance, since he's finally free from his host's draconian couch-related rules, such as not to eat potato chips on it, not to spill bong water on it, and to surrender the remote and vacate the couch when his host's girlfriend wants to watch "Gossip Girl."

Sadly, though, not all frame-borne messages are this eloquent. Recently--on the fixedgeargallery no less--I was dismayed to see this:


This is not the first time we've seen anti-gearism, nor is it the first time we've seen fixed-gear homophobia (though I did attempt to debunk the homophobia). Frankly, it's upsetting to see that the segment of the cycling world that presents itself as the most countercultural so often adopts the most reactionary views. Then again, we are talking about fixed-gear riders, so it is possible this is meant ironically. Perhaps the orange axle monster is a form of puncuation. It could be that just like "!" means the sentence is an exclamation and "?" means the sentence is a question, a rubber orange monster means the sentence is ironic. Language is evolving, after all.

Another thing that's evolving is brake lever placement. A reader recently forwarded me this photo of a downtube-mounted brake lever (or a "DTMBL"), spotted in Davis, CA:


We've seen the TTMBL, the SPMBL, and even the FMBL, but this is definitely something new. It appears that this lever has been mounted to the water bottle boss. I have to admit I'm impressed, because it's rare you see such a sublime combination of ingenuity and stupidity.

And when it comes to cycling and intolerance, there is hope. Recently, I traveled along the Great Hipster Silk Route to the dreaded neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a social engagement. (Nobody wants to socialize with me, but people do want to socialize with other people who are close to me, so sometimes I'm accidentally included.) I fastened my bike to a pole, and when I came out this was taped to it:


Actually, that's not true. It was taped to the bike belonging to the person I was with. In fact, they hit every bike in the neighborhood but mine. (Like its owner, I guess the IOJB screams "Do Not Touch!") This event in particular caught my eye:

While adding "trans" seems inclusive at first glance, upon further consideration I think it's unnecessary. If they're truly inclusive, then surely they consider transsexual women to be women, and so it's implicit that transsexual women are invited. Then again, maybe they mean that the class is open to women (both genetic and transsexual) as well as to female-to-male transsexuals. In other words, anybody but plain old genetic men, who as we all know hate the twin evils of gears and gays.

In any case, all I know is I can't go, and that political correctness is just as confusing as homophobic slogans.

122 comments:

Anonymous said...

1st

dingle said...

I think the posting date is incorrect.

ant1 said...

ant1st!

Anonymous said...

POD to tha 4ium?

Anonymous said...

top ten biaaaaatch

Anonymous said...

Woot Woot

John said...

I notice an odd correlation between how high I place in these races and how slow I am at work. Weird.

Andrew said...

I wonder if there will be a spinoff proposition 8 for homosexual fixed gear riding.

Daddo said...

6ium

Mark said...

Top 10!! It's something

Anonymous said...

Pocket Pool.

Andrew said...

Moreover, I'm really disappointed you didn't work my VBITR pic into the mix today.

http://g.imageshack.us/img383/vbitrdx2.jpg

dingle said...

No really, all you podium tards who don't even read the f'n blog, the posting date of the blog entry suggests Nov 5, when in reality it is Nov 6. Bleh, go buy a ttp for your fixie.

dingle said...

I swear it said Nov 5, now it changed.....

Anonymous said...

anon1st!

ant1 said...

Hey andrew, what does VBITR stand for?

BikeSnobNYC said...

Dingle,

Yes, you're right, the date was wrong and I corrected it.

--BSNYC

Daddo said...

nice triangle



























hat

Anonymous said...

I clicked the back button, this what came up...I swear;

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Anonymous said...

YAY TIME'S UP! I have been volunteering with XUP! since the RNC.. There are co-ed repair workshops on Tuesday's and Thursday's - http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op

j

Critical Ass said...

Our local bike collective in Denver is also making sure trannies feel comfortable borrowing bike tools....but every time I need to borrow a headset press, I gotta put on that itchy fucking Stevie Nicks wig...

Commiecanuk said...

Women and trans repair classes may refer to classes for women and Vietnamese, as "tran" is like "Smith" in southeast Asia.

Good news, just as I thought the US was getting all Swedish on us, I learned that three more states have banned gay marriages. Marriage is legally a union between a MAN and a WOMAN, and in some states, the occasional SHEEP when drunk.

But hey, those sheep are straight.

With more progressive laws like this, gays will be banned from the US, and cease to exist, much like in Iran.

and of course, the big news: Portia DeRossi is back on the market!

I learned a few things while living in a North Carolina (now, a blue state an succeeded from Dumfukistan. One of which was: do not really try to piss off auto drivers when they have the advantage of two tones of metal and a concealed weapon. You might as well ride a solid rear disc wheel with a target painted on it. If it weren't for the fact that the pickupped locals with guns were usually drunk, I'd have likely been shot, rather than just shot at.

But a day after Obamamania, the world returns to normal, and I can once again return to the safety of my southern American Stereotypes, knowing that in some parts of the world, if you hear a knock on the door on all hallows eve, you open up 30 rounds of automatic weapon fire before opening the door. God bless the NRA.

Anonymous said...

Monster gear is berserker friendly.

ant1 said...

Snobby, are you posting from the international date line? Or have you perfected some form of time travel? The confused masses want to know.

ant1 said...

I would become a trans if it meant I could get me a piece of Portia.

Bill said...

i'm just happy to read a rant about access-a-ride death mobiles,every day i am amazed by the crap they do. this am was like a greatest hits of bad driving, including the always awful diplomats around the UN who love to put on right signal and whip their car left.

ant1 said...

Bill, they must be british. Things are switched around over there. The left turn signal is on the right side, and vise versa.

Andrew said...

ant1: Velibe Bike Inspired Trunk-ated Rendezvous

confused said...

did they really mean trannies? i'm serious.

Bill said...

ahhh, very interesting, that clears it up, thanks Ant!! is the handle a lefty on the 'loo' as well?

liz said...

http://torontoist.com/2008/11/phototo_bike_polo.php

Commiecanuk said...

Bill, it's well known that when Superman was in the bizzaro world, he was really in Bringhamptonashireston, UK.

Confused, seriously, they were referring to Trans, Switzerland. HUGE ex-Swiss community in that part of NYC. Leads to all kinds of racial tensions, all that early morning yodelling and random homeless beatings by large triangular chocolate-shaped clubs.

Commiecanuk said...

Liz(ard),

The Bike Polo Halloween Smackdown took place on the tennis courts at Trinity Bellwoods Park last weekend, with teams from across the country competing for honours, accompanied by a hard rock soundtrack and curious passersby.

I saw this, the curious passersbys were wondering how the Queen Street Mental hospital let out patients early that day.

ant1 said...

andrew - nice one.

Anonymous said...

Snobbie - Did you consider the possibility that the MTA Access-a-Ride paratransit buses are actually trying to manufacture demand?

urchin said...

A sublime and excellent post today. Aimless wandering through the old standbys, something for everyone, except maybe haters with sore throats.

I am entertained to the point of being incapable of further agitation.

NJLSABS

Chris said...

Ha. I thought that bike said "FCKYOOOUCH". Like one of those long yells before you crash.

ant1 said...

maybe the adult short buses are driven by the very people they're trying to help.

Anonymous said...

If I am really a lesbian in a man's body, could I attend the training, too?

Polygraf said...

Despite the numerous complaints and incidents dating back to 98, i believe tfm paratransit's(operator) contract with the MTA was renewed on sept. 30th. Isn't that dandy, gotta love nyc, paint a bunch of bike lanes and pay angry xcons minimum wage to drive over them.

frilly said...

'3rd Monday: Cups, Cones, and Bearings'

Shouldn't that at least be the first 5 minutes on the 1st Monday?

Slappy said...

I'm really freaking tired today. So I have nothing good to type.

AYOVSMB

Philboy said...

"Resolved not to lapse into anger..."

Back in the early '80s I read that if you made eye contact with motorists they would respect you by not running over you. I tried for a while and if it did anything, it gave them a personal target for all that anger.

Then I thought if I was able to telepathically love the motorists they would love me back by not running over me. Sort of like Darryl Dawkins dunking better by channeling his own self from the planet Lovetron. Maybe it did work for Chocolate Thunder.

Then I heard Don Cheadle's explaination in "Crash" that the people of LA craved personal contact so much that they crashed their cars into each other to achieve it. Well thanks Don but I already knew they were psycho.

A gun and a radio antenna sound like other options but riding away with an ironic thunbs up was the wisest. You got responsibilities Snobbie, you got to stay safe

dave said...

Can a men’s bike be converted to a trans bike by shortening the stem? Seems like cutting it off completely would force you to go straight, and wouldn’t that be counter-productive? What say you, BSNYC … any plans to convert Ironic Orange Julius into Ironic Orange Julia? Might not be that hard if you’re willing to remain pre-op. Just throw some extra paint on the headset and swap those slicks for a pair of over-inflated balloons. You might even be able to keep your original nipples if you’re lucky.

leroy said...

An Access-A-Ride van pulled over?

Hallelujah!

First Obama, now this. I'm all choked up.

One of the reasons why Access-A-Vans are so dangerous is that their drivers don't need any special license.

Another, as noted by another poster, is that the operative business model enables the driver to create demand for his services by disabling as many potential passengers as possible.

As for the other idiots out there....

I've posted before about the traditional exchange of pleasantries between cabbies and riders. (To the cabbie who cut me off
with a greeting of "fuck you," Emily Post etiquette required the greeting be returned with the addition of "your mother".)

These days, however, I take a page from David Moulton's book.

I smile and wave thanks to people who don't cut me off when I have the right of way.

The hope is that more drivers will regard the next cyclist as something other than a potential bug on the windshield.

leroy said...

BSNYC --

Are you sure the woman in the VW wasn't just checking you out? You'd be surprised how often that happens to me.

I mean, we all know the opposite of love is not hate. It's indifference.

You should have gotten a picture to post on Craigslist's missed connections:

"To the woman in the VW who cared enough to attempt dispatching me to the hereafter, my cheery 'Go to Hell' was shorthand for 'let's spend eternity together.' Call me."

bikesgonewild said...

...great post by bsnyc/rtms to begin w/ & then commiecanuk comes up w/ the tragically beautiful line "If it weren't for the fact that the pickupped locals with guns were usually drunk, I'd have likely been shot, rather than just shot at."...scary but eloquently expressed...

bikesgonewild said...

...leroy...perhaps you meant "my cheery 'Go to Hell' was shorthand for 'let's spend *a fiery* eternity together.' Call me."...

...just suggestin'...

akahn said...

I read your blog regularly and usually enjoy it a lot. I draw the line, though, at making light of police brutality. You shouldn't wish that upon anyone. It's not funny, it's not a joke. It's offensive.

NEIN said...

It's the worst kind of prejudice, the kind against ME

Rodney King said...

What akahn said..WORD.

Commiecanuk said...

leroy...I see a potential market in "thanks for not killing me" bike messenger bags. There is a fine line between not being a traffic dick and ending up performing "Mr.Bill" live theater.

oh..noooooooo!!!!!!!!!...

libertyonbikes! said...

wow, good for you! with every car encounter i ride off wondering if that driver will take out thier rage on the next cyclist. sometimes i shrug them off, smile, wave or try to ignore the situation. but other times i've nearly dragged people out of their cars...... i think i would have just sat in the bike lane, blocking her way.... but then she'ld probably curb the next cyclist she encounters. my fault?

ant1 said...

akahn - everything is offensive to someone or other, and nobody cares where you draw your line. And by the way, it was a funny joke.

Anonymous said...

Was North Carolina's secession from Dumfukistan a success?

Doctor said...

DTMBL from Davis, CA. sounds like Justin to me.

wishiwerepithy said...

In Toronto the Wheel-Trans drivers are equally the worst on the road. I was thinking they must be part of the same international union as the NYC version, but in fact their union is the same as Toronto Transit Commission drivers.

Maybe the reward for years of driving a streetcar, at the mercy of the public and all non-railed vehicles, is a nice Wheel-Trans in which you can veer all over the road and make close calls as you please.

They would have second worst on the road, but this one is behind bars for a while.

Daddo said...

NC has in fact joined us in Brainland.

But wait here...maybe if you go postal on a dickfaced driver (like I do) they will think the next cyclist is crazy too - which is an argument FOR going postal. (as in, wow those bicycling folks aren't pussies after all; i better pay them some respect)

And, BTW, when on my bike I often go postal on people on bikes who do dipshit things too.

Anonymous said...

Good point daddo, while I would like to think there is some community and do have respect for people trying to deliver faster, etc....what the fuck is up with all the salmon?? 2nd ave/LES is awful and it ain't delivery people, it's wannabe hipsters goin the wrong way, no hands, talkin on cells, what the fuck?

Critical Ass said...

night stick or broom handle = offensive

radio antenna = funny

smoking a joint while walking down the street = stupid

Commiecanuk said...

In Singapore, you could beat a salmon to death and they would give you a civic award.

Nashbar now has a 20% off sale on Whoopass, in convenient cans.

Anonymous said...

I would have had first,but I was busy doing my job. anyway, I feel for ya snob when it comes to people driving in the bike lane. Its like our reserved seats at the back of the bus are being taken.

thejakesnakes said...

Thank you for taking me back four years, I miss that story.

Also, I know someone who says, "I'm rick james bitch." & "YEEAaaah!" & "FIX IT!!"
Those people are so strange.

bloodline said...

me thinks the hater is snobby hisself, let's take a look at the list,
bsnyc hates:jews, queers, triathletes,fixie hipsters... anyone else?
criticism is not hate, but hate that's hate

Daddo said...

huh?

I don't think I've deteceted anything even approaching hate for the first two groups you mention and merely severe disdain for the second two.

Come up to MA - the land of the decriminalized ounce - and relax a bit.

Wade said...

Agree with you on the Access A Ride drivers. Also school bus drivers should be added to the list, in fact, anyone who is driving a large vehicle transporting the elderly, generally infirm, and children both healthy and stricken should be included. And also Hasidic school bus drivers who diagnally cordon off entire streets each time they stop to pick up children. But last week I saw the huge No Standing stretch on Kent between Bedford and Division. I couldn't believe my eyes.

As for bike lanes, last evening I rode past a police cruiser parked in the protected bike lane on 9th Ave and couple of days ago as I ruminated over the nuances of the aloof hipster bicycle shop customer service at the Bicycle Habitat, I watched someone leave the shop with a repaired wheel and get into his Volkswagen! parked in the bike lane.

Berzerker Velosport said...

Are you sure that the VW girl wasn't looking for Rick James? Waterproof foundation was his favorite flavor after all.

ice cube said...

He purchased that orange monster at Taco Time.

Critical Ass said...

Most of the hate on this site is directed at Fuck Nut Huggers and Fagget(pron. faw-ZHAY) Ass Hipsters

SteveL said...

We in Bristol Traffic have done many experiments with the wing mirrors of European cars. German Car mirrors -VW, BMW, Mercedes- are designed to be stable when driving the Autobahn at 200 kmh, flashing your lights at vehicles in the way. They take a lot of energy to fold, and when they do, can be damaged. French and Italian cars have wing mirrors that flip on a finger and pop back with ease -because you need that in their cities. You need to train to take out a Mercedes or BMW mirror as if it catches you on the wrong part of the arm, the bruise lasts for days.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 4:10

I feel for ya snob when it comes to people driving in the bike lane. Its like our reserved seats at the back of the bus are being taken.

Perfectly expressed. Thank you.

leroy said...

Bloodline --

BSNYC bigoted?

Hmmm. I think the answer to that question is an obvious "no."

But a more interesting question is: If you think BSNYC is a bigot, why would you try to free ride on his notoriety by calling your blog "Bike Snob MPLS"?

In my experience, it's the folks who put a little too much stock into the importance of bloodlines whom you have to watch in the bigotry department.

Anonymous said...

The shop is set up for women: which leaves me to contemplate the existence of women's model crank pullers and chain whips.

Ooooooooh, baby!

And always remember; for a non-exclusionary world of love, peace and universal understanding (not to mention fuzzy bunnies, so I won't mention them); make sure every hater* knows you think they should just go fuck off and die, they aren't wanted here.

*Hater: n; a)Someone whose opinion differs from your own b)Expresses that opinion c) Has a sense of humor

kale said...

I've found that riding in the middle of traffic is actually safer than riding on the blind side of drivers. Maybe it only works in Queens, where there's 6 bike lanes, but it saves me from the minivans pulling the good 'ol wide sweeping illegal u-turns that if viewed from above look like a question mark. I figure drivers are more focused on trolling for parking spaces 3" from the mirrors than the center of the road. This really only works well if you're going the same speed or faster though, which is pretty much all of the time here.

I had a chance to question a planner in the MTA the other week at a commuting conference. My morning commute was on my mind, and after his championing of bikes as crabon nuetral, I asked him why bike lanes were used as parking spots so often by city vehicles.

He said because they have important things to do. Once again people on bikes are jerkoffs with nothing to do, in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Bike Rider Guy said...

The brake mounting system is ditressing. Although the fixed gear craze hasn't taken off in my area, I fear that one day a bike will be spotted with the front brake lever bolted through the rear brake bridge.

Anonymous said...

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/bik/908264889.html

Gnarles Darwin said...

We need to not hear one more comment from a Nut Hugger about BSNYC/RTMS' posts being full of hate and our comments being offensive. There is no hate only disdain. Everything is fair game nothing is sacred. Now go club a bike salmon on 2nd Ave.

Just ventin.

red neckerson said...

that babe in the vw sounds hot if she was driving a f150 i think i wuld have whipped it out rite then and their and scared the horses

dmitri fofonov said...

I am noticing a differnce between the rednecks of your country and our Cossacks: we do our best fighting when drunk. I am thinking that we cannot shoot well when sober.

The irrelevent commenters try to have some humor at names like Dumbfuckistan. It makes you haters. When next time in Astana I invite you to look me up and suck my balls.

bikesgonewild said...

...red neckerson...

...son, if those were canadian horses, y'all mighta learned the meaning of the phrase 'horse laugh'...

...just neighin'...

Mark said...

bgw

Thanks - I got a horse laugh out of that post!

mr. ed said...

Red neckerson sucked my balls. Meh.

Trailer Trashiski said...

ALL YOU HORSES SUCK MY BALLS

bloodline said...

alright, let me tell you how i learned to present an opinion...bluntly with sarcasm inherant and fuck off if you don't get the joke,

leroy, if bsnyc had a problem he'd have told me about, you worthless mouthpiece, i'll do what i wish to...the bloodline is my children and my ancestors flawed humans all of them but proud of where they came from and what they have made of themselves

frilly said...

Uh-oh, what's the jewish equivalent of a catfight?

bloodline said...

i got no problem... just a tempest in a teapot....just trying to make myself clear here

Anonymous said...

Frilly my dear,
you have graced us here,
with your visage,
so slim and refined.
I wait for the day,
when I heard it said,
she's going back to showing her behind.

frilly said...

anon:

Your poem was ever so sweet.
My ego, says hey that's neat.
When the badgering stops,
the booty shot drops.

xxooo,
F

Lucky 7 said...

Show no ass before its time...

F, is yours a magical ass? If not, then there's no point in seeing it.

You skeevy pervs go look at some porn and leave the girl alone. An ass is an ass is an ass, fuckers. AYH Suck Frilly's Ass (SFA)!


A

Anonymous said...

AYHSFA? Guys, form an orderly line.

leroy said...

Frilly --

Re your 11:11 AM inquiry.

The answer: A Katz fight.

Why do you ask?

bluecolnago said...

folks still do mescaline? wow. through an iv drip? wow. :)

agent detroit said...

we used to host a "womyn and trans" night at our community shop (back alley bikes). i recall the indignity of being refused entrance to my own shop when i inadvertently showed up during one of their sessions. fortunately, we no longer discriminate (or offer a w & t night) at our shop (thehubofdetroit.org).

poppy13 said...

Just like to say that a very nice Access-a-ride driver stayed behind me all the way along Bedford Ave (at least 10-12 blocks) in Brooklyn. He could have passed, but instead made sure I was safe from the cars. Of course it may be that he was looking at my butt the whole time. I still gave him a smile and wave when I turned left toward home and he went straight.

yogi said...

I imagine by the way you explain the "MTA Access-a-Ride paratransit bus" that it should be one of the choice of characters you can play in TWISTED METAL.

more dangerous than a bunch of cab drivers, able to leap buildings in a single bound

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