|The locks along the Erie Canal have free camping. This was at Lock 30 in Macedon.|
|Let's build a canal that goes up 980 feet and through a gorge.|
|I'm a sucker for stencils.|
|Bridge out. Scramble!|
|Cliffs. This is the canal route.|
|Small waterfall - View from Camp|
|Massive waterfall - View from Camp|
Cuba, NY is known for cheese. That’s what the sign at the edge of town said. I stopped here for lunch and will of course be stopping in at the cheese museum and store on the way out. No photos or cheese reviews yet, but soon.
And a couple more thoughts about BiCi Co. These thoughts are about how transportation choices and patterns are set young. If a youth is bombarded with car commercials and social messaging that the only way to show you’ve made it is to buy a shiny car, and there aren’t any other messages, what do you think the outcome is? When that young adult follows the “consumer American Dream” and buys a cookie cutter home in the suburbs 20 miles from work, they’ve effectively killed off any alternative, sustainable transportation options.
The program we ran this summer spent time investigating the economics of transportation. For a low income city, the economics really matter. We talked about extractive, versus local, industries and economies. Walking, biking, and transit result in more local shopping, more disposable income, and less money thrown out of state via gasoline and automotive costs. CT Transit and CT Rides came in for an afternoon session on public transit and transportation options. BiCi Co. won’t have polished multi-million dollar advertising campaigns, but it will provide the hands on exercises and discussions that question the otherwise assumed transportation answers. These activities will make a difference, both for these young adults and for our city.