Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Arcata Whacko

Welcome to the Humboldt blogosphere Bobby Harris!

His new blog can be viewed at:

http://arcatawhacko.wordpress.com/

He just started, so it will take awhile to get the ball rolling. I suspect once Bobby gets going there will be lots of material and issues to debate. He's a prolific writer.

I've known Bobby since I lived in Woodland in the early 1990s. Bobby raised holy hell at Woodland City Council meetings and kept things entertaining.

He once proposed that the police patrol the city on bikes. The council looked at him like he was nuts. Cops on bikes? What are you stoned?

Of course, a few years after that the cops got bikes in Woodland. I wasn't there at the time, but I guarantee they held a press conference and talked about how smart they were for doing so.

I thought the most interesting idea Harris proposed during his recent campaign for Arcata City Council was the creation of a small manufacturing business that would produce bicycle trailers with lockable trunks.

A person who uses a bike for shopping – like Bobby – could go from store to store and lock their valuables in a secure compartment.

Sounds like a simple idea, but I’ve yet to see anything like it.

There’s probably a niche market out there for such a product. Maybe some HSU grads should create a business plan and tap into some of that Arkley “Economic Fuel” money.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog welcome, Jack.

And nice pic of mossy tree !

Yeah, it would be great to have a securable trailer (trunk) for biking. That way folks could use their bikes in the same way they use their motor vehicles.

Arcata could become famous for this key eco-development, a major refinement of bicycle culture, if we could get this project rolling (so to speak).

Let's call it the 'HumTrunk' !

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it's fun to remember all of the political and human nature involved in my suggestion back in early 1990, in a valley council election, that some cops should patrol on bicycles.

As you note, the police chief and all the big-shots, etc., all said it was crazy and would never work; but of course they couldn't say why. And within a few years, my insight on this subject was proved corrrect.

Simply the fact of my cannabis use seemed to be enough of a reason to deny the value of such a valuable notion.

Politics is a strange land (that's still as strange today --- over the eons, only the trappings change, the essential human drama remains the same in character.

9:15 PM  

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