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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Third Coast Bicycle Festival

Erin Crowell - August 23rd, 2010
On a Roll: The Third Coast Bicycle Festival
By Erin Crowell
Just over a year ago, Bill Palladino handed his nephew the keys and title to his 2002 Saturn Vue and walked away from car ownership -- well, pedaled away is more like it.
The Traverse City independent consultant prefers cycling as his main form of transportation. Being the thorough creature that he is, Palladino broke down his vehicle-vs.-bicycle usage into two separate financial charts.
What was one of his main discoveries? “In most cases individual vehicle ownership has a negative net effect on local economies. This means that on average more vehicle-related expenses leave the community than stay locally,” he reports in the online article “Making the Leap - Going Carless” (see mywheelsareturning.com).
In other words, biking--along with other forms of alternate transportation--has very little negative impact on the local community. Actually, few will argue that the actual benefits of a biking community lies solely in the realm of economics.

A WEEK OF WHEELS
Think of a town that embraces bicycles. There’s less traffic, noise and pollution. Life seems to slow down. Look around the local neighborhoods of Northern Michigan. The region continues to grow as a biking community, with several trails and biker-friendly road projects; and most outstandingly, the group of cyclist teams and races held throughout the year.
This week marks the culmination of such events with the Third Coast Bicycle Festival, held Aug. 22-29 throughout Traverse City and the surrounding area. Eight organizations will present their activity, normally spread throughout the summer calendar.
Palladino, head of the Fixed Gear Symposium event, is one of the several bike-minded persons that, as he says, just seemed to think about such a festival at the same time.
“We wanted to compress all these events into one week that would really have an impact on the community,” says Palladino.

THE EVENTS
The week starts with the popular Traverse City Triathlon on Sunday; and will wrap up with the road cycling enthusiast’s popular Cherry-Roubaix, a three-day event of sprints, criterium and road racing.
Roubaix officials are expecting larger registration numbers than the first two years, according to Tim Barrons, head of marketing and one of the four race directors of the Roubaix.
Additionally, the Roubaix is one of several featured events that will make the Third Coast Bike Fest a memorable one for all types of spectators and cyclists.
“(The festival) is reaching out to the fringes of cycling,” he explains. “It’s not just the road racers or tourists. It’s kids, families, safety demos…people who take part in the trial or BMX events. We’re introducing them to all aspects of bicycling.”
The more adventurous crowd will enjoy the 2 Wheel Technique trials, where participants will execute what is called “observe trials” of riding up, over and off various obstacles – including park benches, fences, steps and more.
For a different type of competition, spectators can check out the Fixed Gear Symposium’s bike polo match happening on Saturday; as well as the Twin Bays CycloCross– a cross-country circuit race that will take riders directly through the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival tent on Friday at the Grand Traverse Commons.
“Getting this festival together hasn’t been a burden for really anyone,” Barrons explains, “because we’d be doing all these events anyway. The concept is all the same: we’re here to promote the fun you can have.”
While Traverse City continues to pedal forward, many--including Palladino--agree there’s many miles to cover when it comes to creating a bicycle, and alternative transportation-friendly community.
The Third Coast Bicycle Festival is just one of those milestones.
“I’m hoping people will come into town this week and think, ‘Wow, this place really embraces the biking lifestyle,” says Palladino. “It’s not just crazy road racers wearing lycra spandex costumes, it’s about kids riding safely and families learning to fix their bikes. It’s so much more.”


Go the Distance:

Highlights of the Third Coast Bicycle Festival include the following:
• Cherry Capital Cycling Club Group Rides – various distances and locations throughout the Grand Traverse region, held all week
• Fixed Gear Symposium rides and challenges, including the mechanics race on Friday, bike polo on Saturday and the “Hell Yes” Sprints on Saturday evening.
• Friday Night Live – held on Front Street in downtown Traverse City, 5:30-9 p.m., featuring a children’s bike rodeo, bike sprints and live music.
• The Twin Bays Racing CycloCross on Friday evening, featuring a cross-country ride through the tent of the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival at the Grand Traverse Commons
• The Cherry-Roubaix, featuring the Old Town Criterium, where cyclists race through the brick-paved streets, like a traditional European race, is happening on Saturday. Sunday features the 13.7-mile road race near Cedar.

For a complete schedule of events, including registration and spectator info, visit tcbikefest.org.

 
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