Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Out of the box
My bicycle, that is. I took a little study break yesterday to take it out of the box and reassemble it (the wheels, the seat, the handlebars, the pedals and the dérailleur all have to be taken off to get a bike in a box). I took a lunchtime ride to the center of the city. There seem to be quite a few more people getting around by bicycle in Jerusalem these days, and they seem to be determined to claim their rightful place on the streets (as opposed to the sidewalks). This leads to the strange happenstance where you are more likely to encounter a motorcycle or motor scooter coming down the sidewalk than you are a bicycle. . . . . The sidewalks are much more commonly used by motor vehicles than you find in the States. Not that people drive their cars much on the sidewalks, but they sure do park on them!
There's a bicycling advocacy organization in Jerusalem -- cyclejerusalem.org. I haven't connected with them yet, but I hope to soon!