And appear (possibly, this is just a guess) to have punched a hole exactly the right size to swallow my bike tire into the sidewalk, revealing in the process interesting reinforcing fibers.
What I saw after work changed all that negative NIMBL outlook in several ways. That is, after a black Toyota Land Cruiser drove at me down the pedestrian walkway near the Scottsdale Waterfront. Again it seemed unwise to flash the salmoning pedestrian-terrorizing Land Cruiser in the beady eyes, so instead with a trembling hand I grabbed this shot two seconds later. He just wasn't in the spirit of the culture of the muddy ditch, I guess.
This is public poster copy which requires no blog-glossing. Just clicky and read it.
But my negative NIMBL orientation was washed away by the pure waters of beautiful chance encounters. First, and foremost, there's a brand new bike lane freshly painted, along a stretch that really needed it. Where one used to whip a smooth right off of the decent bike lane on Indian School onto 68th Street northbound and quickly find oneself in nobikeland, pinned between two lanes and the canal bridge on the right, now there is this bright, shiny new bike lane. So forget everything else I said before, this is fantastic, thank you responsible parties and street painters and taxpayers who made it possible.
And last, although it's not really my cup of tea any more, you don't really see street offerings like the folllowing very often. It seemed like a sign. A very clear sign. Get up. Go ride.