'Busycle' short of peoplepower for Saturday

Needs to get to Mitchell Park, but pedalers are riding their own bikes

The "Busycle" that occasionally lumbers around Palo Alto streets may not be able to get to the "City Ride" bicycling event at Mitchell Park Saturday morning because it's coming up short on pedal pushers, according to its owner, Martin Krieg.

Krieg, who also rides a hi-wheeler "pennyfarthing" bicycle around town, created the Busycle, which uses peoplepower instead of horsepower to get around to special events.

The problem Saturday is that most pedalers in town will be riding their own bikes to a Saturday-morning "City Ride" celebration of pedal-power transportation at Mitchell Park. The Buscycle is in Krieg's garage at 3329 Ramona St., just short of a mile from the park.

The City Ride is part of the buildup to the Tour of California bike race that will kick off Sunday in a sprint from downtown Palo Alto to Stanford University.

"While we have all kinds of signups for the Tour of California Ctty Ride this Saturday, I don't know if we'll be able to get the Busycle to the starting gate for the main ride," Krieg said in an e-mail appeal for help this week.

"We have plenty of escorts and fun eye-catching vehicles for you to feast your eyes on, but we do not have a crew that will get us to where all the fun is epicentered -- Mitchell Park."

People can just show up at his house at 9 a.m. Saturday with no sign-ups necessary, he said Thursday -- confirming that he's still short of pedalers. Then there's only the problem of getting it home again after the event.


Posted by Penny Farthing, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Thanks for giving the address, now I know which garage to break into to get my hands on that sweet penny farthing!!! Now all I need is a hoop with a stick to play with and a washboard for my laundry and my bid for world domination will be complete.

Couldn't we just get a bunch of the crazy homeless people who dot the sidewalks of PA to peddle it? Or how about a bunch of the "punk" teen dropouts that seem to hang out all day next to pizza my heart.

BTW- there must be a lot of proud parents out there that dropped the coin to live in PA for the great schools and now their kids get high and eat pizza all day. Aint irony a bitch.

Seriously, if you just called it a prius and put some Obama and Apple mac stickers on it you could probably fool half of this towns population into thinking it was their car.

With a tip o the hat I say good luck and Godspeed to you sir!

Posted by Citizen, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 17, 2008 at 8:16 am

Penny Farthing - that was excellent. Just excellent. Loved every word.

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