On risk…

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I’ve been thinking about this photo for six weeks since I shot it on King Street near Erb. Someone’s bike, stripped to the nuts, still chained to a construction fence. My first reaction was anger: “Who does this?” For a while I considered not posting this at all because: “How the hell are we supposed to get more people biking when they see this?” The next transient thought: “Well, I won’t be riding my bike uptown again.” Then I considered posting it with wry sarcasm: “Remember to lock up yer bike!” But the internet already provides an ample supply of satirical wit, so on I thought. It occurred to me that this bike was a metaphor for our collective capacity to bear risk. Necessary risk upon which our growth as a community is predicated.

We gotta keep riding our bikes.


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