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Singing bus driver in San Francisco

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Mike Kepka photograph by Lawrence Morgan

No. 29-Sunset bus driver changes the day for many people in San Francisco

Mike Kepka has done a wonderful job writing this blog, especially with the accompanying video. I personally have taken this bus, the No. 29 bus, as the driver, Charles Davis, was driving it down Sunset Boulevard towards Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

I took this bus because my car had just been stolen - a common occurrence in San Francisco these days (and it's just been located, but I haven't had a chance to see it yet and to find out if it still runs).

I'm wondering - does any bus driver in Kansas sing, or have other special talents which really put a smile on people's faces?

And - Is there some way in which certain buses in Lawrence could be enjoyed as special, unique buses-places to have a ride just because of what the bus features?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

If you read this article and watch the video, I guarantee that you, too, will have a much better day!

And - today I just found another bus driver who also sings, but in New York City. He sings arias!

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Lawrence and High Speed Internet - Left Behind or Moving Ahead

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Chattanooga - Way ahead when it comes to fast-paced Internet

Here is an important story in today's New York Times - about how Chattanooga moved ahead of the rest of the cities in America. They realized that high speed internet is part of their future, and they have it.

Chattanooga is truly the first GIG city in the United States.

Look at the following web site which introduces the Gig tank seminar for start-ups and new companies, taking place from May 12 to July 31st of this year in Chattanooga.

Background on Chattanooga is contained in the following website.

And here is the website for EPB fiber optics. Look through it carefully. We need these kinds of forward-looking executives in Lawrence.

The question is: will Lawrence have this fast-speed internet - much faster than San Francisco - enabling it to attract new customers, or is is going to be left behind, as has been true so often in the the past. I believe that now is the time to move ahead with the kind of internet speed many businesses, start-ups, and homes need, if the internet is to succeed, both for creating new businesses and for home use in Lawrence.

AT&T and WOW have no plans on the internet for Lawrence

It is also clear to me that AT&T and WOW have no plans for Lawrence at the present time. If they had, they would have their plans up on the internet. Their representatives are nowhere to be found in Lawrence, granting interviews on new job possibilities and on fast-paced service.

Wicked, on the other hand, does have their plans up on the internet - the ONLY plans for Lawrence on the internet - and they deserve to have first choice in whatever method is decided best for Lawrence. And this means months at most,to make a decision - not years in the future.

I am putting here the blog which I did a little while back, about Amos Lawrence Park and the city of Lawrence, because most people never saw or read it. The Journal-World discourages citizen bloggers, which didn't used to be the case. And more blogs will follow in the future.

With high speed internet, when combined with an attractive park - and I would like for readers to put up their shots of what "Venture Park" looks like NOW - I think Lawrence and Baldwin City could become ideal spots for internet development in the United States.

Volkswagen chooses Chattanooga as its headquarters for North American manufacturing

For its headquarters for North American manufacturing, Volkswagen choose Chattanooga. Amazon chose Chattanooga for a new distribution center. Lawrence would be ideal for a choice like the above - there would be plenty of jobs, KU graduates and city people wouldn't need to leave the city or state to find well-paying jobs. But they have to have an environment of innovation and stimulation. Does Lawrence have that now with its "Venture Park"? I doubt it in its present form.

City College of Lawrence

Moreover, Lawrence is way behind in its vocational program. For years, Lawrence has needed a City College, much like San Francisco, where graduates are not looked down upon by KU graduates but rather treated as equals.

The ideal situation would be, as I have commented before, that people could go both to KU for certain measures and to City College for vocational work, as well as to other colleges throughout the state, so that they could end up with a well-rounded education (including online studies, in order to bring the cost down and also to offer opportunities throughout the world), so that they could do an actual job when they left college, and yet at the same time learn to experience life through the arts and sciences. And they could avoid KU professors who don't know how to look at the future, but rather just their own little tenured area. How many KU professors have created new jobs, start-ups, and exciting things? I really wonder.

Lawrence also needs to develop relationships with Chattanooga, and with Silicon Valley - from San Francisco to San Jose. Because people in Silicon Valley are fed up with driving long distances (probably taking years off their lives), Lawrence and Baldwin City offer a prime example of what start-ups and development could be in a smaller town setting, where you can get home (and for much of the year, on a bicycle) without having to drive for 1 to 1 1/2 hours each way.

I will be writing more blogs shortly on many different aspects of Lawrence, including the new trails initiatives.

New library in Lawrence - the Nelson Mandela library

But I also want to discuss briefly the new library in this regard. One of my earlier blogs discussed creating digital small libraries in almost every town in Kansas.

What I want to do is to create a vision for the new Library, which eventually will have to have smaller sites throughout the city. The Library should be called the Nelson Mandela Library. This would be the first library named for Nelson Mandela in the United States, according to the research I have done. If I've missed something, please let me know. There should be sculpture outside the library, with images of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Langston Hughes, because all were pioneers in their own way.

It could open a connection with South Africa (which has growing internet startups - see as well as other parts of Africa.

It could also create, for the first time, a strong connection with Chattanooga and with the south, which could be very important for Lawrence in the future. Can you imagine - a new sister country and a new sister city - South Africa, and other countries of Africa as well, and Chattanooga, which is an important city and area of the southern United States.

More Connections with Schools, as well as Home Study and Continued Learning for Adults

President Obama announced today that more than $750 million has been pledged by business leaders to bring internet technology, within five years, to 99 percent of schools in this country. I will take a look at this initiative in greater detail in a future blog, but it connects very well with high-speed access to schools, as has been the case in Chattanooga and could certainly be the case in Lawrence in the near future. This would allow schools in this country to connect up with schools in other countries. To start out with, I would suggest connection the BBC, in London, which has a tremendous number of online programs for schools already on line. More on this later.

Here is the article:

The first step - high-speed internet in Lawrence

Let's begin - with the creation of high-speed internet in Lawrence!

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Amos Lawrence Park - a name and a vision for Lawrence

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Amos Lawrence Park

Building on the best of the past, yet looking towards the future

The former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant is now being made into a business park. I think it needs a new name and - equally important - a new vision. A much better name than those which have been proposed for this park would be "Amos Lawrence Park."

It's time to have a vision for this park which would incorporate the city's possibilities and that of surrounding cities as well. The vision needs to incorporate what this park could become in conjunction with other parts of Lawrence and Douglas County.

Pedestrian / bicycling trail and a place for gathering

A pedestrian/bicycling trail should lead from the park to downtown Lawrence and to the circular path around the university. This could be adjacent to the 19th Street entrance but should be separate, and not part of, the roadway. There should also be a trail leading from the park to Baldwin City and Ottawa, and eventually to Eudora, DeSoto and Kansas City. All of these trails would be landscaped with Kansas plants, and would be part of the Douglas County and Johnson County trail and park systems.

There should be places to sit and to have coffee, tea or a meal. Trees and flowers throughout the park would be a welcome break from the summer's sun. Some of these things are shown on the master plan but not in detail, and not extending beyond the park itself.

Healthy food would be provided so that persons, and visitors, could have lunch there. In addition to take-out foods, there is a strong possibility that a Whole Foods or Trader Joes would work well in the park. Whole Foods, for example, is now building smaller stores with a live sandwich, meats and seafood department.

Could there be anything better than not only to have your food at the park, but also to be able to come on your bike or in the car to Whole Foods, for example, for your grocery shopping. In the spring, summer and fall you could come via the path on bicycle or as a pedestrian to the park. If you are on the way to work in Kansas City, or coming to Lawrence to enjoy yourself, you could stop off at Amos Lawrence Park to get provisions for your evening meal or an afternoon outing. This would mean you wouldn't have to make an extra trip for groceries later, but could instead enjoy yourself at home or outside in good weather.

Dillon's at 17th and Massachusetts St. should also be complimented for having made a strong investment in a part of town which before did not have a good grocery store. It is a good example of a company reinvesting in local businesses by completely remodeling the store, making it very up to date.

The trail and bus route should lead past Dillons to downtown, to the new library and then to the university. With this kind of public transportation, many people won't need to drive their cars to work - they can take the bike, walk, or ride the bus much of the year.

Several important things

This would symbolize several important things.

First, the name of the park itself. By naming the park the "Amos Lawrence Park," it shows the connection Lawrence has to the early east coast of the United States, at which time the nation had really just begun its long journey forward.

There would be a link to Lawrence, Massachusetts - another town also named by Amos Lawrence - which I think would be very important for this park, so that links between Lawrence and the east coast are well understood. Street names and place names (for gatherings, coffee, a meal) should be chosen based on the creative energies of the first people in Lawrence - from businessmen to teachers, homemakers to farmers and builders.

The path from the park to downtown, to Baldwin City, Ottawa, Eudora and DeSoto - and eventually Kansas City - offers ideal places in these towns for start ups. Many companies would prefer that their people work in smaller places, which are quiet - such as Baldwin City. They could get a lot more done than driving on 101 in the Bay Area for one to two hours each way even before they get started for the day.

All of these places would be linked by fiber cables - and the time to put them in is now, when 19th St. is ready to join Amos Lawrence Park - not later. This would make it clear that all parts of the city are linked together, not just some companies and organizations. All paths would be lit by LED lights at night.

Actually, fiber cables should be accessed by all businesses, so that people would get to know one another, as well as citizens from all of Douglas County, Franklin County and Kansas City. In Silicon Valley, for instance, many companies, as a result of such meetings, now share skills, talent and overlapping products. New companies locate in Silicon Valley just as a result of these meetings. The same thing could take place in Lawrence. Outdoor and indoor meetings should take place at least once every week.

The contributions of all Lawrence citizens should also be shown. By their being able to visit the park, both via the path, bus and by car, it would take on much more energy than by simply being a business park, of which there are already plenty in all parts of the United States, including Silicon Valley - where many business buildings and parks have plenty of buildings which remain empty. Much more is needed besides buildings and concrete if a space is going to become an idea-generation location.

Building on the best of the past, yet looking towards the future

"Building on the best of the past, yet looking towards the future." Both need to be incorporated into this park, and the surrounding pathways. It must, for example, include nature: Kansas is a very important part of the prairie and plains ecosystem. There should be plants, flowers and trees which reflect this aspect of life in Lawrence, available for all to see, including major landscaping all along the trial. This landscaping should under no circumstances be ignored. This should not be a park with no connection to the land. There should also be a fountain or fountains throughout the park, so that families and single persons would enjoy being there on the weekends as well as during the week.

And there should be the amenities that companies seek in Silicon Valley - basketball courts, for example, so that people who take breaks could have fun, and again, meet more people.

City College of Lawrence

There would also eventually need to be a City College of Lawrence, modeled to some extent on the City College of San Francisco as well as other signficant community colleges. The City College of San Francisco has 85,000 students of all ages - from those who are learning English, to people working towards an associate degree, to seniors who are catching up on areas they never had time for eariier in life.

And this, again, needs to be an attractive area so that people can meet each other and enjoy themselves - preferably outside in good weather. You never know who will meet each other - and perhaps have just the right idea for a new company. Steve Jobs quit the university because he felt he had better things to do with his time. You don't always need a university education to make things happen - and you can go back later when you have additional time and when you have explored life first.

City College of Lawrence should be linked not only with KU, but with Kansas State, Baker University, Ottawa University, and other similar colleges. We need an organization which will serve all people, at many different stages in their life.

Attractive signs in each city should point prominently to each educational institution in that city. There should be no doubt about it: Kansas is about education, at many different times throughout life!

Also, by putting a City College of Lawrence at Amos Lawrence Park, people from surrounding communities could be served at this location or in small branch colleges around town, each with a small library, computer space, and paying of bills without extra fees. These could be empty storefronts or small houses in various parts of the city.

The result will be a city of energy and innovation

What would eventually result would be a city of energy, excitement and innovation. This is the kind of city that companies want to relocate to, and that people of all ages - including seniors - would want to take part in. It would be an ideal energetic business community, including a City College for future growth at any time, and an ideal senior retirement location.

If this park is to mean anything in the future, it must have vitality, energy and innovation. The "Amos Lawrence Park" has all of these things and it would be a source destination for businesses of all kinds - not just "venture" businesses.

It would also be a break from much of what is taught at KU, which is too often just rote repeating of what the student thinks the teacher will want, instead of genuine creativity. (And I am a KU graduate; I have experienced that many times myself.)

There could be a strong set of courses - from 1 week to several months - with online classes combined with students working with one another - and many of these online classes are free.

And obviously the groundbreaking TED lectures.

Creative energy is what companies are looking for in the future. Lawrence, by naming this park "Amos Lawrence Park," meets these goals when they are combined with a city that people want to come to and live in for the rest of their lives.

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Another aspect of Memorial Day and those who served

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Those who served and those who didn't

This evening an article appeared in The New York Times which deserves to have broad distribution.

This article in the New York Times appeared this evening, after the Journal-World had featured the following article early in the morning. Later in the day, the Journal-World took this article completely off from the front page of the web edition, even though it and its commentary were extremely relevant for Memorial Day.

My only thought has to be that the Journal-World didn't want the veteran's comment section below the article. Ironically, it was one of the most on-the-point commentaries I have seen recently in the Journal-World.

I hope that this article comes to the attention of Jonathan Duncan, and the VFW, as well as many others. I am very impressed with Duncan, but not impressed with the VFW at all. The VFW should be turning its attention to the issues set forth in this article (also for Memorial Day), but if it it has, I haven't heard about it.

There is much I have to say on this subject, but the article is so excellent, and so true, that it speaks for itself. Please be sure to read the comments, too.

And I still have no answer from the Journal-World about how many of its staff reporters are veterans.


St. Stupid’s Day and the Big Wheel are two events that Lawrence needs to participate in next year

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SFAppeal photograph by Lawrence Morgan

These are two events that Lawrence can't miss next year

St. Stupid's Day Parade

St. Stupid's Day took place in San Francisco on April 1, 2013. I remember the first year I was in San Francisco. I was very poor, and I was sitting in a coffeehouse downtown, and all of a sudden St. Stupid's Parade passed the window. I couldn't believe what was passing by outside. I left my chair and went outside, and the parade was tremendous.

But when I got back inside to my chair, I found that my coat had gone, which I had just purchased the previous week - an unfortunate negative side to living in a large city.

But I've enjoyed the parade each year very much.

Can't you imagine what Lawrence could do with this parade, on April 1st of each year?

Take a look at the following pictures:

On Easter Sunday, there's also the Bring your Own Big Wheel race/demolition derby

There are more than 1500 contestants, dressed in everything from the Easter Bunny to astronauts. They all sit on plastic tricycles, or some version thereof, and head down the street past thousands of spectators. In San Francisco, Vermont Street on Potrero Hill is very steep. But the event would be just as much fun without the steep street.

These are two events that Lawrence absolutely needs to take part in!

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sfgate photograph by Lawrence Morgan


Why doesn’t Lawrence have a magical display?

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fubiz photograph by Lawrence Morgan

Bay bridge has LED lights - why not Lawrence?

If there is one thing that would bring visitors to Lawrence, it would be a magical display of lights on the Lawrence bridge. It is not the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, but the right person and software, with even a limited amount of money, could do a tremendous job with lighting this bridge for the spring, summer and fall months.

People would come and they would greatly enjoy it.

This is one of a series of blogs I'm going to do about the possibilities for innovation and change in Lawrence. Other blogs include:

People need to enjoy themselves in downtown Lawrence, and it isn't just about buying things. It's also about magic.

The environment makes a tremendous difference!


The Queen’s 60th Jubilee - Part 2 - expanded to include Tuesday’s events

The Queen's Jubilee Pageant - Part 2

Day 4 - Tuesday

Tuesday is the final day of the Queen's Jubilee concert. The Queen attends services at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. All the choir kids are getting ready:

Following that, she appears on the balcony and enjoys a flypast.

What do the French think of all this?

Finally, she gives her farewell address to the nation, and the four days of the Diamond Jubilee are over!

Last of all, you have to see this high-definition picture of London which the BBC just put up this afternoon:

Day 3 - Monday

This special concert took place today at 1:30 our time. Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Jessie J., JLS, Elton John, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard and Ed Sheeran, were all in this concert. And the Queen was there!

Here are some of the performers being interviewed before the concert today:

And Sir Cliff Richard who was there for all sixty years:

They've done an incredible job with the stage. Here's an interview with Keith Lockhart, who will be conducting, as well as a photograph of the stage.

And here are pictures of the concert:

After the concert, beacons were lit around the world. These beacons were lit In most of the Commonwealth countries, and in other countries too, like the United States. The Queen lit the National Beacon at 20:30 British Summer Time, directly following the concert.

The beacons come from British history: These beacons constitute 1900 years of history.

Look at the interactive map with beacons from throughout the world::

Day 2 - Sunday

Here is a detailed background on Day 2 of the four day Jubilee pageant.

The Queen's Barge makes its way along the River Thames:

Whether or not you've been to London, England, you will enjoy these pictures.

Despite the weather, people thronged by the thousands to the River Thames to watch the pageant and flotilla.

The Thames River Barrier was lowered so that the river would flow slower.

The Thames River Barrier has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. It is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. It has ten steel gates that can be raised into position across the Thames River. When raised, the main gates stand as high as a five-story building and as wide as the opening of Tower Bridge. Each main gate weights 3,300 tons. You should see this if you are in London in the future.

To return to the events of Day 2, 20,000 people were expected to be on the floats of the flotilla, which travelled at 4 knots (4.6 miles) an hour. There were also lunches (such as the "Big Lunch" in London) and parties throughout Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

Of special interest is the Queen's barge, which was designed to show what the highly decorated royal barges were like in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The man-powered boats, led by the Queen's row barge "Gloriana," were the first to pass the finish line.

Pictures were pouring in from around the world, including Dubai, Canada, China, France, Australia, Germany, Tuvalu and New Zealand.

and of course from the UK:

with Jubilee related stories:

This is a very good essay with many sides of the British character:

By the way, I sent a picture into the BBC from the Journal-World's article on the Queen's Jubilee in Lawrence yesterday. If other people took pictures of the Lawrence event, or parties, they should also send them to the BBC at

There are pictures from Craig Patterson and Staci Garman of the Jubilee Diamond event in Lawrence below.

To me, it's an incredible event when a town like Lawrence, Kansas, can have its own Jubilee celebration!

And here is an article, of which there are many, from Canada:

Here is another excellent article from Perth, Australia:

And here is the celebration in Grenada:

This shows that the British Commonwealth still is liked tremendously in many parts of the world, including British-speaking Africa and the Caribbean..

The first part of my blog is at:

It is full of useful information and photographs! Share it with your kids!

Now, here is the Lawrence event!

Here are some great pictures of the Lawrence Diamond Jubilee event, taken by Craig Patterson and Staci Garman.

Here are Craig's pictures:

and here are Staci's pictures:


The Queen’s 60th Jubilee

The 60th Jubilee Concert - Around the World

Whether or not you are a fan of the royalty of Great Britain, this is a special weekend for both British and non-British fans from around the world. There is much to experience every day.

From street parties to horse racing (the English really love horse racing), today's Derby was the big event:

Here are pictures from Saturday, June 2, 2012, Day 1:

Two years of preparations took place for this year's Jubilee:

If you have or haven't been to London, this is a great chance just to enjoy the scenery. It is also an incredibly great pageant, which only the British can put on.

The music for the pageant has been put together by ten composers, all inspired by Handel's Water Music. By the way, according to the BBC, Tutankhamen's trumpet (from the time of the ancient Egyptians) is the oldest royal instrument.

And here is a history of royal pageantry in London.

Some of the following footage is shown for the first time:

And here is the changing face of the Queen over the years:

I am very impressed that Lawrence has joined the 60th Jubilee with its own set of events. No matter what it is that you like that is British, whether it is the wonderful TV comedies (Faulty Towers, Dad's Army), the cars (there will be a display in Lawrence), Shakespeare, or the trails for hiking throughout Great Britain, this is your weekend.

Please share your pictures of Lawrence during today's festival, and also your thoughts and pictures if you have made trips to Great Britain, things that you are currently studying about Britain, or if you are British--let us know what you like best about your country.

I must admit that I like many things about Great Britain very much, especially the people.

For students and people who do not know the national anthem of Great Britain, please see the following:

This would be a great project for students to write about over the summer - some aspect of British history.

I will be updating this blog throughout the next four days of the Jubilee.

I would also like to hear from students and residents of other countries, as well. As time permits, in the future I will also do a blog on other cultures and countries.

Please write in your comments, pictures and good experiences.


Google Earth - A boy finds his mother after 25 years, and basketball from West Africa

A Journey to The Gambia, and then India and Tasmania

Like many people, I have been following and using Google Earth for several years with some amazing results.

For example, I have been able to pinpoint the spot in The Gambia, Africa, where the person I am working with on projects in West Africa lives (Ebrahima Mbowe). Several years ago, I would never have even thought of any way to do that.

It's been fun to follow the entire coast of the Gambian River as it goes inland.

Soccer is the big game in Africa, but there are basketball teams as well in various parts of the continent.

We will soon be doing our first post on African basketball teams of The Gambia, and some of the players. I can't think of a better source than to have it on the Lawrence-Journal World. Lawrence is a basketball town, one of the finest in the country. It will be fun to have some of the good African players of basketball on this blog, hopefully with pictures and the events of their lives, which are quite different from the lives of American players.

And Google Earth will make it possible to see where they live and have grown up in Africa.

And a journey to India and Tasmania

But there is another fascinating article which came out this morning;

Google Earth has helped a boy find his mother from his new home in Tasmania after 25 years.

One you read this article I think you will be astonished. Just as I've been able to use Google Earth for The Gambia--getting to the intersection of the road from Serrekunda to Banjul--this young person made great use of Google Earth to find his home town Khandwa, close to Calcutta. It is a heartbreaking story but it has a very good ending.

From the Sydney, Australia, Morning Herald:

I wonder if other readers have made similar journeys on Google Earth, and what they have experienced. Please include your comments.


A New Vision for Lawrence - Scooters, Pedestrians, Bikes, Cars - and Short-Term Insurance

Why Scoot?

Cities have been undergoing new developments in the past several years. In particular, there are now car companies which allow for a person to rent cars for only an hour or two. The same thing is true with bicycles.

in Paris. for example, bicycles can be picked up or driven to more than 1,200 bicycle stations throughout the city at very low cost. London also has a bicycle system, with drop off or pick up at 400 "docked stations" spread over the city, as does Montreal.

The newest thing is scooters. If San Francisco has it way, Scooters will also be available for short periods of time.

All this, if the DMV and Insurance Companies go along with it, is a very good thing.

Insurance companies must be making changes, because there are lots of cars available for 1 hour or 6 hours, at not a large cost.

The possibilities for a city like Lawrence to have scooters, bicycles and cars available only as needed will make the city much more liveable than ever before. For at least half of the year, many students and residents could forgo cars altogether, and use the scooters and bicycles instead. It's a liberation which, at first thought, is hard to believe.

A wonderful Kansas video has been made about riding a bicycle. It's in another post on Well Commons:

And may I suggest another post, from a larger city, which also has an extremely active bicycle program:

And here's the new yike bike:

But drivers have to be constantly alert for scooters, bikes and pedestrians

Drivers, however, have to be much more careful to watch out for bicycles and especially for scooters and pedestrians. There need to be changes made in the roadways themselves, as well as driving habits, if these possibilities - and a better Lawrence as a result - are to be successful.

Pathways have to be created for bicyclists on major streets, or the next street over to a major street, so that bicyclists feel safe.

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There are also problems which need to be solved, including theft of bicycles. Many cities are working on this.

And - all motorists, bicyclsts and scooters need to know the rules of the road, quite possibly in more detail than before:

Pedestrians (and bicyclists) need more paths to walk and ride on

There needs to be more pedestrian walkways, especially along the river and between towns - Baldwin City, Lawrence and Ottawa being a good example. The result would be an influx of tourists from out of town - making northeast Kansas a place to come for bicycling, scooters, and walking.

A Different Approach to Car Insurance

At the same time, there needs also to be a different approach to car insurance. Car insurance companies won't like this, but it's happening in other cities, and sooner - not later - it needs to happen in Kansas, too, especially for cars and scooters. This may require legislation to enact.

Maybe the worst problem is road rage

I drive a car myself, as well as walking and riding bicycles. So there is a tremendous problem of road rage. Many of the streets in older cities, especially, just aren't wide enough. Motorists - and officials - need to work on making road rage accessible and to be talked about, especially when scooters and bicyclists become even more popular.

Everyone has to give some things, including time. Bosses can't always be sure their employees will arrive right on time. In general, motorists have to much more careful and attentive, at all times. Opening the car door once at the wrong time could cause a terrible bike crash.

This could be a different town to live in

But - if we put these new rules into effect, this could be an entirely different city to live in, in the future. The climate is perfect for long distance riding and scootering - eventually going clear across the state. People will have much more to do on weekends. Many new businesses eventually be created. People won't have to have cars for at least one half the year - they can rent scooters or cars, or take bicycles to work. There are also fold-up bicycles which can be put in cars and used for shorter distances to and from the car.

This will also help innovation, and bring new firms to the city. Much high tech work is careful attention to detail. When people are off work, people need to ride their scooters or bicycles to relieve tension and enjoy themselves, to achieve balance in their lives.

Lawrence has a good start in this area. We have some great parks and the downtown is first rate, especially when there are more places for bicycles and scooters.

All of Kansas - not just Lawrence - has possibilities, once you have a different mindset about things. But Lawrence would be a good place to start things on a serious note, to make streets and the whole town liveable for all kinds of people