Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
Missoula, MT
Date: 2006-08-08
Distance: 33 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 1.93 Hours
Average Speed: 14.89 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver 1,182 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day


  The highlights of today were watching Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, and watching the tall electrical transmission pole with its transformers at the top located at the edge of the motel pitching in a 100 kph wind while lightning and rain was falling. The top of the pole sure bended a long way in each direction. The next highlight was cycling around Missoula exploring the bike paths, rail trails and the many bike lanes on the roads. Certainly, a bike friendly town with lots of people using bikes as transportation. Now going to REI for a bit of cycling stuff shopping was a real disappointment, compared to the Seattle store and even the Portland store. It was just like any other outdoor activity store.

  Watching Gore’s film the question kept coming to mind is how does one get the masses that could benefit best for the film to actually see it. The film is well produced. The approach to getting the message across is effective, bringing in the Gore’s family’s past as part of the story line. Like Gore, in my early years in university and afterwards I believed that the government was focused on the long term and was running the country as one would run a farm. How naive, I was and would like to be. Even the credits to the film were used effective to bring the story to the personal level.

For me, the whole issue of climate change and why it is necessary to get people to clean the environment is very simple. Like a paper bag that can be filled with gases only to a certain level before it will burst and will filter out only a small amount of the gases blown into it, so can the earth and its bubble hold only a finite amount of gases before it reacts negatively. And, for us sinus and allergy sufferers, we experience through pain and discomfort on a daily basis the fact that the earth bubble is too full of obnoxious gases and particle matters.

From a cycling advocacy perspective, we need to make such a film that would bring the message of ‘Cycling for Transportation’ to the personal decision making level for each individual. We did hear here last night that the rising cost of fuel is having a positive perspective for inducing people to cycle instead, even for very small distances.

Cycling Facilities  
  Cycling for today was through the City of Missoula.