Friday, June 25, 2010
Menino Takes a Knee
Well, if not hot gossip, it's at least warm. Sure enough, Boston Mayor Tom Menino won't be street cycling short-term.
I get to say that two city officials have told me that his knee rework has not healed as fast as he wants. Despite his promise last month at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Avenue bike lanes, he may not be back on the saddle for weeks or months.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally met neighbor Daniel Linskey. (That is another good tale — more on it later.) He used to be Menino's driver and is still a good friend. He also happens to be the number one police officer, the chief superintendent.
I mentioned to him that I had been trying to get eminence gris et bleu to ride into his/our city hall from Hyde Park. Now that I've moved here, I figure I can inspire him to do more than tool around Readville. I ask him every time we meet.
However, Linskey said that he doesn't think Menino will be riding soon. In fact, his knee is still troublesome and the mayor and Police Commissioner Ed Davis swim instead. That apparently is part of Menino's therapy.
Then today at Bike Friday, Boston Bicycle Coordinator Nicole Freedman (shown in red to his blue) confirmed the delay. She said he has been limping around the fifth floor. However, she also said that he tells her he misses biking and will be back on two wheels as soon as he can.
There you have it, cycling fans, confirmation from two sources. That's about as good as hearsay gets.
I for one look forward to Da Mare's return to cycling. He is certainly a cycling champion in the sense of advocacy. My invitation to ride into town from our shared neighborhood remains.