STVs on parade
We heard a lot about the STV during the lead up to the Provincial Election; here is another STV idea: Sustainable Transportation Vehicles.
Last July, following Whistler's Canada Day Parade, I wrote suggesting that the organizers of the 2005 parade strive to encourage this year's participants to be a little more sustainable in their choice of parade transportation. Recall the contingent of RCMP officers, their horse and dog and how they stole the show. Why? Because they left their ÒridesÓ back at headquarters and instead Òhoofed itÓ around the village. En route their horse and other horses did their part by re-cycling hay a few times.
This is a reminder for the parade committee to stress sustainable parading and/or those planning to parade to leave their rides at home or work. Look for STV ideas. Please no more mayor driving a hybrid when a purebred was strapped to the roof; Rotary, push or peddle your potentate, don't Beamer him or her. WAVE, no more diesel belching buses on the plaza please. Rob, keep out of the purple pimp mobile and walk with your skier. Firefighters re-think the throbbing rescue engine inching its way through the throngs. ATVs and Hummers, what more need be said, STV the parade.
Whistler is the best bike mecca of North America, and maybe even beyond, thanks to an enlightened, ongoing municipal policy of trail development, W.O.R.C.A., and Intrawests' bike parks. As a result Whistler sports a myriad of bike rental shops. I am sure any group wanting to pedal around the parade route could partner (just like the bike shops and restaurants and bars do for the Loonie races) with one of the shops for STVs. ÒMom, look at all of the firefighters on the big downhill bikes with the cool helmets.Ó
Likewise Whistler is a world-class golf destination as exemplified by the return of the Skins Game. The courses could supply electric carts embossed with their logo to those groups who can't march or pedal.
Pipers, band members, Mounties, keep on marching and, to the energetic Whistler gymnastics club members, keep on cart wheeling. To the rest, please become a little more sustainable in your parading.
As a youngster I always thought it would be fun to be in a parade. This year, still being young at heart, I plan to ride my bike in the Canada Day Parade so fellow members of W.O.R.C.A. and any riders at any age will come and join me and we will make our own STV flow.
P.S. Downhillers, X-country, roadies, be sure to wear your most colourful gear. We will be meeting in the parade staging area. Just look for the kid on the bike. Ride it don't drive it!