Local advocacy group plagiarizes their “about page”

28 10 2009

From Yay Bikes!:

Mike Reed

Plagiarism is unethical. It is also the hallmark of a complete lack of innovation and original ideas. How bad are things going when the very words your use to describe your group are taken from another source?

courtesy of someecards.com – get some

Join me for a trip in the Wayback Machine to December of 2007 where we’ll learn that Bike PGH has used the language describing their organization for quite some time (Bike PGH circa 12/2007)

Let’s look at a local bicycle advocacy group, Consider Biking. This is just sad. I’ve bolded the parts that differ- they are hard to spot as they are so few and far between. I will break my own rule about not linking to this group in this one case to point out the plagiarism.

COBAC/Consider Biking’s about page:

Quote:
Consider Biking is committed to making Central Ohio increasingly safe, accessible, and friendly to bicycle transportation. The work we do is at the heart of urban environmentalism – raising awareness about oil dependency, pollution, congestion, safe streets, good urban design, and public health. We are partnering with local stakeholders to improve our streets, bridges, and trails in order to make riding to work, shopping, and exercising by bicycle safe and fun for everyone in the Columbus metropolitan area.

Bike Pittsburgh’s About Page:

Quote:
Bike Pittsburgh is committed to making Pittsburgh increasingly safe, accessible, and friendly to bicycle transportation. The work we do is at the heart of urban environmentalism – raising awareness about oil dependency, pollution, congestion, safe streets, good urban design, and public health. We are partnering with local stakeholders to improve our streets, bridges, and trails in order to make riding to work, shopping, and exercising by bicycle safe and fun for everyone in Pittsburgh.

Wait, there’s more.

COBAC

Quote:
Why Consider Biking Works:
Consider Biking has been here helping, asking, training and working to make Columbus a better place to live, work, and ride. We bring cyclists in the region together with the know-how to make bicycling a safe, convenient and fun way to get around. Our achievements rely on three key elements:
• A professional staff that meets regularly with government officials in the meetings that affect your cycling environment
• Dedicated volunteer leaders and a board of directors who meet regularly to keep us on track
• Active members who come from a multitude of backgrounds to combine the strengths of commuters, bike clubs, trail users, racers, and mt. bikers to create a potent constituency.

To find out in more detail what steps we are taking to improve bicycling in the Columbus area, please read about our projects and campaigns in our Events section.

PGH

Quote:
Why Bike Pittsburgh Works:
Since 2002, Bike Pittsburgh has been here helping, asking, training and working to make Pittsburgh a better place to live, work, and ride. We bring cyclists in the region together with the know-how to make bicycling a safe, convenient and fun way to get around. Our achievements rely on three key elements:

* A professional staff that meets regularly with government officials in the meetings that affect your cycling environment
* Dedicated volunteer leaders and a board of directors who meet regularly to keep us on track
* Active members who come from a multitude of backgrounds to combine the strengths of commuters, bike clubs, trial users, racers, and mt. bikers to create a potent constituency.

To find out in more detail what steps we are taking to improve bicycling in the Pittsburgh, please read about our projects and campaigns in our campaigns section.

Who knew that Pittsburgh and Columbus had the exact same kinds of cyclists with the same needs, and employed the same exact tactics for promoting cycling? Exactly.

Here are some original ideas- and COBAC even can have my permission to loot from these as they please. A strong cycling constituency begins with a group that has and is founded on integrity. Integrity means, among other things, not helping yourself to things that are not yours because you feel like it. To effect any real mode shift people are going to have to dig deep and muster up some original ideas. This group appears to lack them at the core. At the very least know what your organization is “about” and think up some of your own words to describe it. Respect ideas and intellectual property. It may seem like a small matter in your group to lift content from some other advocacy group’s site, but it suggests much about your organization. Finally, Columbus has unique cyclists and our cyclists have unique needs. Do them a service by doing your own work and thereby demonstrating that you have a clue about their needs beyond some boilerplate copy/paste text you took from someone else.

I love Pittsburgh and I’ve talked with folks from Bike PGH at BikeBike- they are an innovative, cutting edge advocacy group and don’t deserve to have their hard work appropriated in any way, no matter how large or small. I’ve sent them a quick note to let them know. I’m not sure if they’ll be outraged or not, but I get pretty miffed when people take the stuff I think up.

A word of caution. Know what you are getting into if you work with Consider Biking/COBAC- in my opinion this group lacks of original ideas and has demonstrated that they are not above taking ideas from some other source to fill that big, empty void… down to the very words that describe their organization.

Screenshot attached- these kinds of things have a way of disappearing or getting corrected once you shine a light on them.

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I’m really loving Mike right now, hes got me feeling that special feeling deep in my loins.

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It’s like riding a bicycle.

6 08 2009

So, some “scientists” have “discovered” how it is that we never forget how to ride a bike. I’m not a big believer in science, or for anything else for that matter, but since this is science types talking about bikes, i think ill listen.

The researchers including scientists from the Universities London and New York, had been “working to understand the connections between nerve cells in the cerebellum that enable learning.” The cerebellum is directly tied to learning co-ordinated movement.

They discovered that the “molecular layer interneuron”  functions as a “gatekeeper”, controlling  electrical signals that leave the cerebellum. The interneurons then transform the electrical signals into a language that can be utilized as  memory in other parts of the brain.

Its funny, but im pretty sure i learned how to ride a bike because it hurt falling down again and again and i wanted to quit doing that.

Pfft scientists, what do they know, I still fall off my bike.





Self Righteous Cyclists

12 06 2009

How dare we slow motorists down for mere seconds! They are in CARS! They must be INFINITELY more important than a person on a bike. I mean, think of the atrocity, a person driving must slow down and wait 10 SECONDS! TEN SECONDS! to pass a person having the audacity to obey the law and ride in the street as prescribed by nearly every municipality laws and regulations the United States over. UNBELIEVABLE! don’t cyclists know that it is worth their life for a driver to make it to the next red light before them? For Christs sake, drivers have to HURRY UP AND STOP! cant cyclists see that?

Cars weigh thousands of pounds more than bikes.

Cars can travel literally HUNDREDS of miles an hour faster than bikes.

Cars can kill.

Slow down, use some common courtesy, and watch out for those of us that are literally risking our lives to go to work, school,  train for a race, or anything else a cyclist may be doing. Drivers, you can spare 10 seconds of your time and get to starbucks 10 seconds later to ensure the safety of a cyclist.

I almost was hit this morning by a young kid texting while driving. My life is not worth your text message.

Please.





Ride of Silence Observations.

21 05 2009

This was a great event, with a good turnout and hopefully sent a message to drivers.

A few critical observations I had before and during the event.

On my way there i passed people in team kits riding on the sidewalks.

When i got to the state house there were people getting their bikes out of vehicles. (this one is more of a personal problem i have with people letting their bikes ride in cars, than a real issue but it still seems contradictory to the event)

There were several people riding without helmets during the event, which is pretty dumb to begin with but compounded by the safety aspects pushed by the event made it all the more ironic. At least 3 of the people i did see riding helmetless had their chrome brand messenger bags, so i guess as long as you are “stylish” or at least a hipster you dont need a helmet, it would mess up your hair that you so nicely combed over your left eye. Now im glad they were there because the ratio of spandex-le tour riders to hipstershits was huge. Its funny how hipstershits love bikes(well fixies anyway) but dont show up to bike related events. Not that im suprised, but it still sucks. I’m an equal opportunity offender, ill poke fun at us lance armstrong wannabes as much as the hipstershits, but all it comes down to is I wish more people showed up.

all in all a great event with a large turnout over 500 attended,  plus the mayor! and it is important to spread the word to the motorists that they owe us fair treatment on the road, but these things are somewhat bothersome for me.





sigh. how to look bad.

25 03 2009

Sooooooo last night on my way home i was stopped in a line of cars on heading west at about 5:30. 2 idiots came riding by, passing all the stopped cars on the right, one with no helmet and made their way to the front of the traffic at the light. The light changed and i made it through just before yellow, and the 2 douchebags proceeded to do the same thing again at the next light, passed all the cars on the right and waited again at the front of the line. The light changed and traffic started moving, after that intersection the road becomes two lanes, the 2 douchebags moved into the right lane and i passed them up in front of the high school, whilst barely pedaling down the hill. The one with the helmet was bringing up the rear, i said “thanks for making us look bad”, and as i passed the one in the front with no helmet i said “nice helmet, hope you make good use of it” I’m not sure that either of them heard me with traffic and how fast i went by them, but whatever.

Normally i don’t mind people passing cars on the right, but when there is not enough room to do it safely without taking a foot off the pedal to push yourself using the curb, I’ve got a problem with it. As evidenced, I waited in line for the lights to change AFTER they went by me to the front and still passed them without trying. You aren’t getting anywhere faster by passing cars on the right just to get to a red light. You are just making those of us that are trying to follow the laws look bad to the drivers.

Hopefully ill see the 2 douchebags again soon, and try to have a constructive conversation with them about how not to be a d-bag. Or just smack the helmetless one in the back of the head.





Feeding the Trolls

9 03 2009

Hi there internet trolls!

I just wanted to drop you a note to request that if you are going to troll my blog, at least make it interesting please, while juvenile locker room insults are kind of fun, i guess, do something original please.

I enjoy the blog spammers a lot, so something along those lines wold be nice, randomly generated text and high-ascii art are a good starting place.

While many of the things you said about me may have been true, the narcissism, oh the endless mirror gazing! Some were not.  For the record i do not wank it to my bike. If i was going to do it, id go the whole way like this guy:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7095134.stm

now there is a guy that knows how to RIDE his bike!

In closing, random faceless trolling of my blog and speculating on my private life may seem hurtful to you, however i assure you that i find it humorous, a bit dimwitted, but humorous. I will leave the posts up (i had to approve them so dont think that you were sneaking them on my blog). Whoever you trolls are, i find it interesting that you came from a site devoted to cycling, and then came here to make fun of my passion for it? Im not following the logic of that but as dense as you are it must make sense to you so cheers!

Be safe on the road, best wishes internet trolls!





So i seem to have hurt some feelings.

7 03 2009

http://www.yaybikes.com/transitional/viewtopic.php?t=1449&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

I guess even trolls have to eat. Heres some food for you guys 🙂