Motto at the bottom, advocacy
Someone (hi) finally asked me about the Latin motto at the bottom of this blog:
Crescat bicicleta, vita excolatur.
Technically it doesn't mean anything--the Romans didn't ride bicycles, so I had to borrow the Spanish word "bicicleta." But I don't know enough Spanish to translate the English gerund "bicycling." On top of that, I don't know Latin at all. If my cobbled-together pseudo-Latin translates literally into anything, it's probably quite ridiculous. I did attempt to consult someone who does know Latin, but he kept insisting that Romans didn't ride bicycles and came up with some cumbersome phrase for "self-powered two-wheeled cart with an occupancy of one" or something like that.
But anyway, it's not meant to be taken literally, it's meant to be a play on the pithy and elegant motto for the University of Chicago:
Crescat scientia, vita excolatur.
"Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched."
Of all the fancy Latin school mottos I've heard, I must say I like ours the best, so I decided to copy it--"Let bicycling grow from more to more, and so human life be enriched."
Besides, "The more you bike,the better your world" was already taken.
Speaking of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, their Web site, biketraffic.org, was recently listed as one of Chicago's best transportation Web sites in Chicago magazine. Or so CBF is claiming; I'll verify that later.
Anyway, if you all find it so useful, then you should really consider joining! Come on, you get a free map and tons of discounts at local retailers and restaurants (where "local" is in the suburbs, too!), plus you support all of their fantastic work in Chicagoland--much of which does, in fact, affect you personally, so don't try to weasel out with that excuse. (Come on, noncyclists, I know you all are walking everywhere. Stop mooching off our two-wheeled largess already and contribute something.) And then you get a discount on Bike the Drive and the Boulevard Lakefront Tour, which if you ask me are two things that everyone in the Chicago area and parts beyond must do at least once in their lifetime. Trust me, fellow cheapasses, it's really the best thirty bucks you'll spend all year. And then tell them I sent you, if they ask.
Not in Chicago? That's okay, I forgive you. Seriously, I still encourage you to get involved with your own local bicycling advocacy group. They need you. Yes, you!
All right, enough spiel. Goodness, you'd think I got paid for it.
(Interesting aside: I seem to recall an academic society at the U of C that called itself Crescat Scientia; in any case, Vita Excolatur is--or was--the student
In other news, this. Sigh of relief?