Posted by Fake Richard Edelman
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I went to another truly amazing liberal soirée last night on the Upper East Side. I go to a lot of celebrity functions, as I hope you can imagine. This one was hosted by the famous movie actor, Matthew Modine.
The theme of the party was "Bicycle for a Day." My new close friend Matt urged his guests to reduce carbon emissions by turning out lights and such. But then he laid out his BIG plan. Matt wants to organize a full day of community-based activities at prominent parks in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. The event would include entertainment as well as speeches by politicians and environmental groups. The brilliant part is that attendees would use their bikes to travel to and from the event; and once there, everyone would get a bracelet that will benefit charities.
This got me thinking. As you recall, I ran into my new close friend, renowned anti-poverty advocate Jesse Jackson at the toney East Bank Club in Chicago a few weeks ago. We discussed the Cubs and the sub-prime mortgage crisis, both of which are still a problem.
Jesse insists that America is presently in the fourth stage of the civil rights struggle, i.e. the "show-me-the-money stage." His idea for resolving the crisis is "Restructure, Not Repossess." He's proposing a massive government sponsored Marshall Plan that would reset interest rates and extend loan payment periods almost indefinitely.
To capture some attention for his proposal, Jesse says he's organizing "a march on Wall Street, to be followed by meetings with CEOs of large financial institutions... and a national broadcast from Trinity Church in Heimytown."
See where I'm going? It's obvious to me that brown people have a much greater claim to the color "green" than whites. Let alone the environmental impact, think of the businesses that could be created if we ensure that every black kid gets a bracelet and a 10-speed bike.
Here, this story really brings it all into focus. The New York Times ran an article last September that related an anecdote. It's most likely an urban legend but it made the rounds among all the city’s bicycling devotees.
Having been sideswiped by an SUV on a road near my estate on Long Island, I can relate. I just hope that for the sake of world peace, given the limited space available in all urban environments, we can work out a plan that makes cycling a real option.
Well, I am off to China on Friday with my family for a bit of first hand education on how bikes can be part of the solution. I will be posting regularly on my trip to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Hong Kong and other exotic places.