This year at the City's Volunteer Recognition, Northwest Hub won a Mayor's Merit Award
It's nice to see a bike-related enterprise recognized again
. Congratulations to the Hub!
(Not so nice is the lack of captions and a press release with each citation in the City's own posting
, which is all too meagre for something ostensibly oriented for "recognition.")
With Michael Wolfe retiring and closing South Salem Cycleworks
, and with the untimely passing of Joe Dobson
at Bike Peddler, 2018 is shaping up to be a real transitional year in our bike shop ecosystem. Scott Cycle also is in the middle of a generational transition, and our bike shops will all be led by an entirely new cohort in very short order.
I don't know if there is any meaning
to extract from this. We all age, we all must pass away, and when businesses endure from generation to generation they have successions. It's no great insight to observe the bare fact of change. But it's still something to register.
The bike shop owners who gained maturity in the 1970s bike boom are now yielding to those whose main experiences are from no earlier than the 90s, and often from the early 21st century.
Changing Halloween Practices
There was a funny piece in the USA TODAY section about tailgating in a parking lot for Halloween.
Apparently this is a thing now.
Strong Towns posted a lengthy critique of it recently
While activities like Trunk-or-Treat, or even other alternatives such as the increasingly popular “mall trick-or-treat,” offer children the opportunity to have guaranteed fun in a safeguarded environment, the holistic benefits of trick-or-treating which result from neighborhood communities rallying together to create a fun, safe, and memorable experience are being lost. The sad part is that these holistic benefits would continue long beyond the Halloween holiday.
BikePortland today went the opposite direction, arguing that we should extend the "Block Party" or "Open Streets" concept to a new event on Halloween, the "Trick or Treat Street."
Going car-free shouldn't require the autoist move with pedestrian displacement systems that shunt activity to the parking lot or retirement home or high school!