I put gas in my pick-up today. The pump stopped at $50, the maximum authorized, and I got up 3/4 of a tank of gas. With spring just around the corner, I am toying with the idea of going car-light. I don't think car-free is very realistic for me, but certainly car-light is a good possibility. I can commute to work with no problem, and this weekend I have begun experimenting with more utility cycling. I ran errands yesterday to Freewheel (not open yet) and the Hub, and today I ran over in the drizzle to Highland Park to re-supply the cat with her favorite chow. All-in-all, not a big deal, so I don't think it will be a big stretch, but it's going to take some motivation. I put 26 miles on this weekend on errands.
On another note, the Ed G. ghost bike has disappeared. People are wondering if it was stolen or if the city removed it. My bet is that the city removed it. It was pretty securely chained to a street sign post, (which I believe is technically not permitted), and the bike was disabled before it was installed. There are probably hundreds of bikes that get chained to signs for a long time, sometimes so long that the seat, wheels and other components get scavenged and only a rusting frame remains. I expect the city opened what is typically a blind eye because it commemorated a death. I expect they got a complaint, determined that it could interfere with snow removal and was a violation of some city ordinance and had a crew cut it off and toss it in a truck for removal. I don't know how I feel about that. Certainly it was a moving event for everyone that participated, and at some level I understand that these cannot stay out there forever, but still, it seems a little callous to 1.) steal it, or 2.) get a work crew to cut it loose and toss it out.