Although they've made every effort to sell this as the "greenest convention in history" - bicycles are officially banned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Citing the ever-present thorn of the New American Dream "Security Concerns" - no bicycle racks will be provided, no bicycle parking will be allowed.
I hope that there are as many protesters at the convention to hold the Democratic party accountable for its inaction as there are inside to cheer, and that the protesters bring lots of bicycles. Lots and lots of bicycles. And it turns out that there's even a bike loan program going into effect during the convention - too bad there won't be anywhere to park them...
It's really absurd that Obama (yes, we get to blame everything on the new head of the party now) couldn't find a single sponsor to host a bicycle valet tent - I mean, did you see the one I took a photo of in Montréal? Sponsored by Ford? Anyone have a job for me somewhere else - I'm really, really, really sick of this country.
From the Colorado Independent:
"The rack lack at the Pepsi Center doesn’t bode well for at least one pro-bicycle group that is planning to provide delegates, volunteers and the media free use of 1,000 bikes during the convention.
The group, Bikes Belong, partnered with Humana to bring bikes to Denver so as to be checked out at six different kiosks locations around town and will duplicate the effort in Minneapolis-St. Paul during the Republican convention a week after the party in Denver."
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