A week ago, I posted a photo on Facebook of a gent (though as you’ll see below, “gent” is a generous characterization) who was tooling down the Arizona Canal near my house on a motor scooter, which he insisted was legally a “bicycle.”
As you’ll see from the sign, the canal pathway rules don’t say anything about bicycles but specifically forbid “motor vehicles”
“Take a picture of this!” he said.
But one of the things I like about the Sunnyslope neighborhood of north-central Phoenix is the wide diversity of people and things you can see from a real bicycle. For example, right after busting the motorbike guy, I found this clever bit of sign shenanigans (which I’d like to think is a tribute to the “V for Vendetta” mask) next to a canal underpass:
Then, close to the corner of Why Worry and 7th Ave. is this notification of a house for sale.
And, in what has to be the most monumentally ill-begotten instance of a misplaced “For Lease” banner, I found the following triumph of inadvertent smut peddling in the middle of a strip mall:
Despite being in the middle of a very mixed ethnic population in a major metropolitan area with no pretense to countryside ambiance, one can also find several properties apparently “grandfathered” for raising livestock during the winter.
There used to be a nice placard telling about the sculpture (mostly the names of all the civic leaders and aldermen who sponsored it) but it’s gone now.
And halfway between a CVS store and a hospital is this bizarre representation of a sort of burning man — actually a cast bronze abstract relief image literally embedded in the concrete sidewalk. This one is called “Tuberculosis,” part of the Sunnyslope Sidewalk Project, representing the dry desert air used in treatment of the disease back in the day when the area was settled by tuberculants who spent their last money traveling west for the drier climate and cleaner air.
All you need is a camera and a bike…a real bicycle, not a motorbike, you moroon.
All photos by the author