Bloody typical! Yesterday was “Ride to Work day” and I rode from home — Oakleigh — to Federation square then back to Monash and had a near perfect ride. Maybe it was all the publicity about the cyclist’s death last month but everyone seemed to be pretty well behaved (which I always find a miracle on St Kilda road, whether they’re on bikes, on foot, or in cars). Had my coffee and roll and made it back for a slightly latish 9.
Ride-to-Work day was amusing in some small way. In the morning could I tell it was RTW day? Not really, North road was bumper-to-bumper stationary cars, in twenty minutes I saw one other cyclist, the traffic choked to a halt as the road gets widened to accommodate more cars, with a special bicycle ghetto being built in the median strip that you a) can’t get to, then b) have to give way at every single cross road at then c) use the footpath past the primary school.
Woohoo, ride to work day! Um, I guess that’ll be just like any other day, except with Bicycle Victoria pumping their fists wildly in the air in the background.
As they asked, and as I replied, in their questionaire: How will you celebrate Ride To Work Day?:
The same way I celebrate every day, happy to be alive after the idiots in the tin boxes yabbering on their phones haven’t killed me.
BV's 'Ride to Work' function A little detour on the ride to work this morning — I headed into the city for Bicycle Victoria’s annual “Ride to Work” day and free breakfast. Everything there was all sweetness and light, in some contrast to the ride to get there!
One car parked in the clearway/bike lane on Bridge Road. Seven cars and a tow-truck stopped in the bike lanes at traffic lights.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.