Posts Tagged ‘Boulder by bike’

Walking or biking to work tomorrow in Boulder? Bingo!

I believe last week or so I mistakenly said that Bike to Work Day was June 22. It’s not. It’s June 23, tomorrow. It’s always a Wednesday.

That errata cleared up, it’s time to play Walk and Bike Bingo!

Bike to Work Bingo square: Tee & CakesHow do you play? Well, first off, you download a Bingo card. Print it out. Tomorrow morning, put on your walking shoes or get on your bike to visit participating destinations. How do you know they’re participating destinations? They’ll have a poster that looks much like this one that Tee & Cakes are displaying in their window. (They’re also listed on the linked info page.) Walk on in and ask for a stamp on your Bingo card–and just your Bingo card, right? You can’t bring a handful of friends’ cards and get them all stamped. The whole point is to get more people walking and biking, right?–on any square of the card you like. Repeat until you’ve got five in a row.

Then, sometime before Friday, find yourself a Drawing Box and insert your card. (Don’t forget to complete the contact info stuff on the back/page 2.) Drawing Boxes may be found at all Recreation Centers and Library Branches in Boulder, and also at Pedal to Properties round about 20th and Pearl Street. After July 16th, check the GO Boulder website to see if you’ve won a prize.

Don’t forget to thank the merchants you visit for being bike-and-pedestrian friendly!

And don’t forget the other annual features of Bike to Work Day. Register as a participant (you could win a cruiser!), visit any one of the 45 breakfast stations throughout town serving free morning meals between 7 and 9 AM to those on bike or foot, and hang out after work at the 4th Annual Bike Shorts Film Fest and Ice Cream Social ($6 admission benefits Community Cycles Youth Earn-A-Bike program). Visit the Community Cycles page for more details about these events and other things you can do to celebrate and support Bike to Work Day.

Specificity Needed

About two or three weeks ago, on my normal bike ride home from work, I came across these signs. They’re still there, if not actually upright. They demarcate about 50 yards of the Skunk Creek Greenway Trail between Foothills and the railroad overpass. They look like this:

Aggressive Bird Ahead

Natalie Goldberg, in her wonderful pair of books Writing Down The Bones and Wild Mind, urges the writer towards greater specificity. Not “tree,” but elm. Not “car,” but white 1996 Ford Courier. Specificity in writing helps put your images into the reader’s head. It helps put the reader into your story.

I can’t help but think the writer of these signs could have benefited from her advice. I mean, what kind of “agressive bird” are we talking about here? Canada goose, flicker, infatuated red-winged blackbird? A blue jay on a rampage? A confused swallow? A finch with an oversized ego? This sort of thing makes a big difference in how I prepare myself for possible danger. It’s important!

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