the Mean Streets of Penn
the ongoing hotwheels debate on the mean streets of
Penn, for weeks the pages of Almanac have
been smattered with bike bashing articles. It is a
sensitive situation. On the one side, oh my there
has only been one side--the generation "I sold
my bike at a garage sale in 1979." Are we not
forgetting that Penn is full of students who have
yet to buy their first internal combustion engine?
are young, mobile and poor. A bicycle allows for adventure
and freedom. Creating a standard or policy in which
students and local residents are regularly ticketed/fined
or worse is not the answer.
Rambo is between a rock and a soft place. I hope
that the "administrative rock" does
not persuade the chief into turning Penn into
an episode of bike COPs. I can just see it now--I
leave the office, get into my comfortable car,
drive home, relax on the lazy-boy, flip on the
TV, and there is Rambo on the mean streets of
Penn, running down some freshman for riding across
the Locust Walk bridge. Don't we have it bad
enough with the parking problem?
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Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 14, November 26, 2002