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How to Ride the Bus

Step 1: Purchase a copy of The Plain Dealer.
Step 2: Read The Plain Dealer's full page article about how to ride the bus.
Step 3: Hit the streets confident in your newly discovered bus-riding knowledge.

I am all for encouraging people to use RTA in Cleveland (and transit systems in other cities), but do we really need a newspaper to teach us how to ride? Since when did riding a bus become so complicated that we needed a full page article with instructions? When I read The Plain Dealer article, I felt like the RTA bus is being described as some sort of futuristic innovation; something that we look at it in awe and wonder how such a magic devise works...

In a lot of ways, the article reminds me of a clip from Family Guy, which for copyright reasons, is no longer available online. Hopefully this transcript will suffice:

*Context* Peter Griffin and Carter Pewterschmidt board a public bus.
Carter: So, these people live here?
Peter: No, this is a bus. People ride it to get places that they nee…

Why Doesn't Media Understand?

June 9th was World Naked Bike Ride Day, which, according to the organization's website is held "to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against oil dependency." The event is designed as a PR stunt, hoping to attract attention to the organization's cause. Unfortunately, media has completely bastardized the event, reporting that the bike riders are out protesting "high gas prices". Such a statement couldn't be further from the truth.

As one of the event's organizers wrote in a British newspaper:
Our protest was against the social and environmental costs of oil and the destructive domination of our streets and the planet by cars. Decades of cheap oil have fuelled an overdependency and overuse of this alluring mode of transport, resulting in global warming, air pollution and carnage on roads across the world with 3,000 people killed every day. As one of the organisers of Sat…

Dump the Pump

Congratulations folks, it looks like my National Swarm the Subway proposal has gotten off to a good start (although I will concede that my blog probably did not contribute to the actual happening). Back on May 17th I pondered what would happen if you crammed an absurd number of people onto our city's buses and trains, and the answer is that the media actually noticed. In the past two weeks there have been major stories about America's lacking mass transit systems from the Washington Post, who calls our mass transit system "glaringly, perilously inadequate"; the New York Times reports that "mass transit systems around the country are seeing standing-room-only crowds on bus lines where seats were once easy to come by. Parking lots at many bus and light rail stations are suddenly overflowing, with commuters in some towns risking a ticket or tow by parking on nearby grassy areas and in vacant lots." and MSNBC writes, "now that people are demanding service,…

The Most Important Congressional Race in 2008

He finally did it. Yesterday night, Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. The centerpiece of his argument, of course, is confirmation from the Senate Intelligence Committee that Bush lied to the American people about going to war with Iraq and, as believed by many, there can be no more serious offence than lying to the country about issues of war and peace. Dennis’s actions have received relatively little major media coverage, with most updates coming from the blogosphere and concentrated political outlets. Nevertheless, what Dennis did yesterday is both historic and significant, as the crimes committed by the Bush administration are now officially documented in the congressional record books for all to see for all of history. I could continue by congratulating Dennis and discussing the importance of the impeachment articles, but there is already plenty of discussion throughout the blogosphere on those topics; plus, there is another pressing iss…