While the VT E-Bike Report is really important, we hope you'll bare with us here for a bit as we place our work and the report in greater context... You probably already know (namely because we've mentioned this a few times before) that VBike is so much more than about "bikes." Our big question continues to revolve around how we can live and move around on this beautiful, yet radically endangered planet and be far more in tune and aligned with the places and locales we inhabit. And so our work has a lot less to do with paying allegiance to any particular technology, but more towards solutions that can generally help us to be more connected to the world as well as to our own selves.
Look around you and witness it nearly everywhere on our land, in the air, when you step out the door, what you hear. Notice it in the media and advertising, what our infrastructure tells (our perhaps screams at) us what to do and how it's shaping us all physically and mentally. These corporate and technological entities are tirelessly at work enlisting us to violate our own world and communities, while we desecrate our atmosphere and throw our climate into chaos. And all this while we abandon our bodies, deny much of our relationship to the Earth, and cloud our potential for a deeper inner and outer sense of who we actually are. What's the endgame?
We are sold the promise of great freedom, comfort, speed and all that jazz at a profoundly horrendous cost for us & our children. Chances are that most of us know that at some level. Perhaps that awareness sits at the far end of the threshold of our own minds, bodies and understandings. And that's precisely how colonization works - it exiles our imagination and our potential to reclaim our dignity. Colonization sucks the life meaning out of the world and out of us.
For those of you interested in how the project got started, here's the story...Back in late 2016 VBike was contacted by Nicole Carpenter of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation about the idea of conducting an electric bike survey in Vermont. We thought it was a great idea and encouraged them to move on it. VBike provided assistance with the development of the survey and then reached out to our greater community in the state to as many folks as possible to participate.
Towards the middle of last year Nicole got a great gig to go off to South America and left the project in the hands of Tom McCarrran. We think that Tom did a great job and he has made a point that we should all recognize that this project would not have been possible without the generous support of Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department. Thanks y'all.
Tell us what you think about the Report and anything else you read here. Let's get thinking & feeling, doing, decolonizing our bodies and common sense and get more connected to this great world and state we share together.