How did those people spinning "clean energy" first get to the gym? The probably drove cars. Maybe they were electric, but probably they were still internal combustion. And even if they were electric cars, does this spinning actually generate more than the energy consumed during travel to and from the gym? This clean energy generation at the gym looks more like greenwash and scam than something actually useful. Instead of spinning clean energy at the gym, ride your bike to work, for errands, for socializing and other travel.
Earlier this year, BikePortland had a piece on the size of the auto-industrial complex:
How can Oregon make progress in its fight against car abuse when cars represent one of the largest sectors of our state’s economy?As long as media are so dependent on car advertising, it's not likely we'll get a fully critical appraisal of cars, roads, and safety. There may not be much to do about this.
It feels good for Oregon bicycle advocates to talk about “bikenomics,” but the truth hurts: our state’s auto industry is a behemoth that casts a very long shadow. According to an article published Sunday in the Portland Tribune, there was $10.6 billion in new vehicle sales in 2016 (the latest year figures are available). That amounts to a whopping 17.9 percent of all retail sales statewide.
And here is an ad for what might be the first store that operated there, one of the McKay Markets. (And, Update 2: Berg Supermarket was in fact the first store, not McKay, and the history was contested and interesting!)
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Downtown Market, 625 Marion St
(February 5, 1960)