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Lance Babski

February 20 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

A lifetime or so ago, when I was sitting in the audience of the California Coastal Commission meeting, I heard something that piqued my interest. In an ocean of similar arguments one stood out. It was the simple, straightforward argument for alternative transportation solutions.

The person said (paraphrasing) "this feels like a 1950s project, where is the modern thinking? Where is the up-to-date solution?"

It stuck in my brain. I believe it stuck due to it's utter simplicity. Then I heard this AM that Lance Armstrong is making a plea in Austin to look at alternative vehicles to cars... and from where he sits, bikes sound good.

"This city is exploding downtown. Are all these people in high rises going to drive everywhere? We have to promote (bike) commuting..."

This seems so... obvious.

So... simple.

So... cheap.

Lance a) deserves yet another medal of some kind for pointing out an obvious solution and b) showed some leadership for spending his celebrity currency in this way.

Truth is we have our own Lance Armstong here at Surfrider, his name is Mark Babski. Mark has held our tech needs together for more than the last decade and has biked to pretty much everything for... a long, long time.

Look for a Mark Babski podcast later this month. In the meantime, let's not overcomplicate things. If you can drive somewhere in less than 15 minutes maybe you should ride a bike... and if you can bike there in less than 15 minutes then... maybe you could walk.

We've never met a road that didn't pollute. Our oceans, waves and beaches are already polluted enough. Let's be modern. Let's be like Lance Babski and bike...
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