Bumped into an old friend on the trail yesterday. Mark Langton wrote the book on where to ride in Los Angeles
, is a leader in CORBA
, runs rider clinics
and plays in a Led Zeppelin tribute band, ZEDD
. And we thought we were busy!
Mark had a number plate on his bike but instead of a number, there was a happy face on it. We asked him about it.
"The Smile Plate was born out of the idea of getting the message of shared, responsible use out to people on the trail," explained Mark about this low-key CORBA project. "We are hoping it creates discussion, reminds people we can and should all try to get along, and puts a smile on people's faces when a mountain biker goes by slowly! The one real problem many people have with mountain bikers is that they sneak up on them and startle them, and/or go too fast when passing. Even mountain bikers don't like getting passed by another mountain biker at a high rate of speed. So all we ask is that when around others, just slow down. Bam! You just solved the problem! I'm not saying don't have fun and go fast, but you just need to do it when and where appropriate."
If you believe in the wise words Mark speaks (we do) and are willing to put them to practice, CORBA would like you to have a Smile Plate for your bike. They are free, but quantities are limited. Go to the CORBA site
and send them an email with your address (we want you to check out their site to find the email). And they wouldn't refuse a donation if you are so moved.
Mark was in the magazine biz, worked for Giant Bicycles and is now a book author, teacher and low-key preacher.
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