Residents are Happy Biking on Streets

This post replaces Residents Make a Difference August 10th due to technical error.

Hello to all that have got here from the ‘word search’ Applebees or Applebees menu. I suspect you have clicked on a picture that is in Google images. Please read the post because we all come from somewhere and what we do in that place that we reside is really what the place feels and looks like. We ride bikes in Minneapolis and it feels great and bike riders make a place look great! Thanks for stopping by.

The residents of Minneapolis have some good choices when it comes to neighborhoods. What makes a good neighborhood? And what can bike riding do to help boost the image of a so so neighborhood? The blog Minneapolis81 is featuring residents and documenting amenities of all 81 neighborhoods in Minneapolis.

If you are a resident of suburbia or a town somewhere, how do you rate your neighborhood? In the city our local amenities make for a great place to live. Restaurants and stores and lots of variety are what make for a great living and of course a bike ride that you can also incorporate into your life is what really makes a neighborhood outstanding.  I ask, can I walk or ride a bike to the store? Do I pass a park on the way to the store? Can I catch public transit to work or school? Do outsiders come to my neighborhood for their amenities or entertainment, especially by bike? These factors are what seem to make a great neighborhood. What actually seems to multiply is a sense of community that drives out isolation. This is the opposite of that feeling of being lost in a crowd. Bike riding adds soul to the neighborhood. Soul in motion is the Kodo of neighborhoods. Kodo is “soul in motion” a loose translation from a Japanese concept of design.

Our neighborhoods are not the streets of Manhattan and anonymity. Our neighborhoods though barely are holding their own from the imperilus automobile. Right in SW Minneapolis the streets are bumper to bumper parking. And this is a place with a garage in every household.

But, I’d rather live this way for now than in the suburbs or a small town where absolutely everyone drives a car. In those places it’s not parked cars that are the worry, it’s people who drive that are  unaware of bike riders. Suburbs and towns often have segregated retail from residences, which makes life on a bike more like work than pleasure. The policy of retail zoning induces higher volumes of auto traffic and pretty much kills a bike riding experience. Have you ridden your bike to the mall lately? Didn’t think so. It sucks to ride into mall places anywhere in the United States. Is it any wonder that malls have lasted 60 years and now are dyeing like dinosaurs. 

So as it goes with the world events these past 3 years, this “ain’t Kansas anymore Dorothy.”

The best neighborhoods are at risk of becoming overpriced oddities if  so so neighborhoods get worse. And the suburbs and towns that continue to segregate retail from their residents will fall further behind in real value. Based on rising consumer cost for food, energy and job security the suburbanite and towny have their work cut out for them to build great neighborhoods by introducing bike riding as the best transportation option for growth. To choose isolation and segregation is reactive, to choose to bike ride is proactive. The world of good neighborhoods are examples for these places and people. Let us take a look around at our strip malls and corporate dining.

Applebees menu has been deleted by the author. September 18th 2011

If it looks like the fat of the land is sickening us then it’s time to get on a bike and ride. Leave your car at home and ride a bike more.


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