Is the sharrow concept widespread in Akld?
I've seen them in Oz, but they're very, very rare. Most councils prefer the "dead cyclists" painted in the door zone to remind us what happens when we ride there. Our council has largely stopping doing that after a certain small group pointed out the problem at every single public meeting they held. But I saw a new one the other day, might have to go to some meetings :)
Those anti-bicycle hoops in the last photo really jumped out at me. We've been asking for the removal of stuff like that for a while and it's been interesting that the formal response has almost always been "thank you for your concern" but every now and then a barrier will quietly vanish with no fanfare. I mean "dug up and the holes patched properly", not the old-skool "cut off at ground level and hammered flat" that anyone can do. One that I had to dismount for twice a day disappeared over xmas, and my thank you email hasn't been answered. But the barrier is still gone so I'm happy.
Christchurchchurch? Or Christchristchurch? The inquisitive idiot trapped inside my head needs to know.
A.Zee: music ... and cooking. Is very odd.
But I have been listening to Illegal Music on and off since this post. It's great, thanks for that Russel.
noting the contrast with how things are going in Australia
Not least the recent "consultation" where the government asked aborigines what they wanted, after much deliberation the Uluru Declaration was produced... then the government spat in their faces.
One of the things that gets me through invasion day is the knowledge that Waitangi Day is coming up. Even when it was Key hiding from, well, everyone, that was still better than seeing some white dude strutting round boasting about how Australia was founded on genocide and we should celebrate that. Sorry to rant, but thinking about it just makes me sad and angry.
I think part of getting angry is because I'm a kiwi and that's what Maori do when people shit on them from a great height. The Australian shrug and move on thing is just perplexing, and celebrating criminality is weird (from Ned Kelly to Alan Bond and beyond).
I was really happy to see Ms Arden at Waitangi, and the BBQ thing was brilliant in so many ways, from the pragmatic "hospitality is providing food" to the symbolic "public servants serving the people". Thank you, Aotearoa.
A.Zee is good. And he has playlists which makes it easier to use youtube as a radio :)
This week I've also discovered Aurora and Agnes Obel, which are not at all like rap, more pretentious art student chick, but worthwhile nonetheless. And they've been around long enough that there's a reasonable body of work to listen to (yes, I know, that also means you all discovered them five years ago). My interest is limited, though, by the overuse of piano.
overrepresenting extreme reactions, & especially at the negative end of the bell-curve of opinion
Very much so. And especially because the positive end are more likely to say "hmm, could this be misinterpreted? Perhaps I should tone it down". I could easily have responded to Emma by professing undying love and a desire to shower her with kisses... but in the context of getting heaps of abuse online, I think it's better I just went for "thank you".
I'm happy that Patreon has decent comment feeds for the most part - it turns out that trolls aren't willing to pay a dollar a month for the privilege.
On behalf of "all cyclists", I would like to say you shouldn't claim to speak for all cyclists.
What's that, you didn't? Well... um... good.
I'm sorry. And also somewhat sorry that I asked.
But... not sorry that I have managed to avoid twitter for the most part.
so many people think the tweet is about cycling.
So much so that you get anti-cycling responses.
Has anyone objected on the grounds that it's appropriation? You just can't know what it's like to be a woman merely by riding a bike...
I'm glad you've (re)popularised this, it bears repeating.
Some time ago I suggested to Andrew Geddis on PA that he might like to try cycling for this exact reason and his response was "no, not convenient". But it's something I regularly suggest to men because it really does give you that "Schrodinger's Motorist" experience, as well as the whole gamut of heckles and micro-aggressions (although when it's done with a couple of tonnes of metal travelling at 60kph it doesn't feel very micro).
So many more parallels: cyclists are expected to dress a certain way, but however they dress it's wrong. Lycra is comfortable and practical but lycra louts are awful, anything other than orange reflective road-hazard is the wrong colour, but why are you whining about spending so much on clothes? And why can't you look like everyone else?
Also, people will complain vigorously if you suggest any change be made to accommodate your particular needs. Often they say "it's always been like this" which is much more clearly bollocks than it is when women suggest similar things. Which is not to say that it's not also bollocks when said to women, just that "always" and "invented in 1913" is egregious.