Will we ever achieve our Velotopian Xmas?
- =v= As a wise man once said (and I'm paraphrasing), We don't
want people to be robbing banks, but when they *do* rob banks,
we want them to be using a bike as a getaway car.
=v= If you track bicycle news with any of the online news alert
services, you might think this dream has become reality. News
is skewed towards crime coverage, so you quickly find out about
every bicycle-borne robbery in the world. Sadly, we're still
behind, because getaway cars are so much the norm that they're
just not considered worthy of special mention.
=v= Today's batch of news alerts had what at first appeared to
be a heartwarming holiday tale (see below), but which turned out
upon reading to be about just another chump using a motor, which
turned out to be his undoing. Oh well, at least he was carfree.
Christmas tree thief tries to make off on bicycle
Chicago Sun-Times (from the Gary Post-Tribune) | 05-Dec-2009
O Christmas tree, why is it so hard to ride a bike while
balancing you across my handlebars?
A Portage, Ind. man was busted Friday after he allegedly ripped
off a tree from a northern Indiana tree lot -- and then tried
to make his escape on a bicycle equipped with a homemade motor.
But police heard the motor and went to check it out -- when they
saw the man weaving on the street while trying to ride with the
tree propped on his handlebars.
Police said Phillip Menefee, 48, first claimed he bought the
tree -- which still had a $40 price tag attached -- from the
closed tree lot, but then claimed he bought it from the nearby
Sunset Lounge. Turns out the only thing he had bought from
the bar was booze, police said.
Menefee was arrested and charged with theft and public