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Covered bike racks at Fabrica La Estrella[edit]

Description
There appear to be hundreds of bicycles hung on a series of these racks just inside the entrance to the fabrica (factory). The bicycles are unlocked. The racks, I'm told, were manufactured in Torreón.
Location
At the intersection of 16 de Septiembre and Ramos Arizpe.
Justification
Active non-motorized transportation offers benefits to its users' health, the community at large, and earth's climate. Covered bike racks, specifically, offer bicyclists greater status (as people worthy of finding a dry seat when they go to use their bike), and make bicycle parking a more emphasized part of the landscape. Improving the status of bicyclists is particularly important in Parras, as the bicycle is identified as a poor person's vehicle, and they are afforded little respect on the road. Drunk driving is rampant on weekends. It happens that on the morning of 4 June 2006, a bicyclist was run over early in the morning. In such accidents, as in this case, the driver most frequently does not stop. If covered bike racks are to truly improve the status of bicycles, however, they must be installed outside of the factory, as in this location they are intended to serve the the lower-class labor force of the factory exclusively, and are invisible to the greater community.
Issues
The factory: labor practices, waste water, etc. Long distance travel using bikes can be difficult. Also, bikes require frequent maintenance, whereas cars require less frequent but more costly maintenance.

Triciclos[edit]

Description
Triciclo para vender unos refrescos. These tricycles are common in Parras and are frequently used as mobile stands to sell food, beverages, or other goods. They are also used as cargo vehicles. They are almost always painted yellow. The fellow pictured below said they are available at local Ferreterias (Hardware Stores).
Location
This photo was taken at the plaza con la biblioteca.
Justification
Active non motoroized transportation offers benefits to its users' health, the community at large, and earth's climate. See Parras Sustainable Transportation Presentation.
Issues
The beverages offered may not be the most healthful. I am not sure if they are locally produced.

Bicycles[edit]

Description
Alternative transportation
Location
En una calle circa de Santa Madero
Justification as Appropriate
Bicycling improves the safety of the community, the health of the bicyclist, the local air quality, and the local economy (most money spent on automobiles leaves the local economy). Alternative transportation reduces the use of valuable natural resources by reducing fossil fuel consumption and reducing road construction and maintenance. Alternative transportation also improves the community by increasing face-to-face interactions and strengthening the relationship of humans to their environment.
Issues with the Appropriateness
Unfortunately, bicycles are viewed in Parras as transportation for those who don't own a car. Cars are viewed as a status symbol.
Notes
The car in this image doesn't work, and the father is working hard to fix the problem. Both he and the boy were embarrassed to have a picture taken of the car before it was fixed.

Bicycling[edit]

Description
Bicycling to school and other places around town.
Location
It´s stored in my house but the bike goes many places!
Justification as Appropriate
It's sustainable, easy to use and doesn't cost much once you have the bike. You don't have to pay for gas which is always good.
Issues with the Appropriateness
I think it works pretty well with everything. People with physical problems might not be able to use it.
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