19
Jan
12

gobac…no bikes allowed

went to my first city council meeting last night. there were people calling for the firing of police chief ray schultz. there were pictures of cats. there was a city councilor that didn’t look up from his ?pad until the boob lady took the podium. there was a woman telling the councilmembers that corporations now rule the world and that even they, are already screwed.

…there were also some well-spoken members of burque’s cycling community. members of the dcwf, gabac, bikeabq all spoke before the committee, pointing out how unfriendly those 4 signs look for a bike friendly city. councilors debbie o’malley, rey garduño, isaac benton and council president trudy jones seemed to agree and also showed interest in why proper procedure wasn’t followed, and even a question of the legality of the placement of the signs. acting dir. of the municipal development dept., michael riordan, was very apologetic about not following protocol…but then non-apologetically lied to everyone there about how they meet with gabac monthly about just these sort of issues. chief administrative officer robert perry also didn’t agree, and told a personal story about crossing the bridge on the wrong road (singer rd) and later called gabac, gobac.

here’s an option, for $225.40 (free shipping), we could offer to buy the 4 signs and install them ourselves. of course that would be too easy, and probably piss off local businesses that might have made charitable ‘contributions’ to local government. i guess the proper way is to go to the next city council meeting (feb. 6th) and speak up…again.

i was told that there will be a front page article in thursdays abq journal. it’s unfortunate that it takes two people getting hit on our streets last week to create enough interest to merit a front page spot.

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