Friday, March 11, 2011

Cafes are the cycling world's filling stations

Bicyclists no less than the rest of us need a third place -- a retreat that's neither work nor home. I'm a big fan of these friendly gathering spots and not at all surprised to learn that a few of them have begun to cater especially to the bicycling community. The story's well told on MS-NBC.

If you're interested in the concept, I recommend you look up professor Ray Oldenberg's 1997 book, The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community.  Then scrounge for some tapes of the '80s TV sensation Cheers, with Kirstie Alley, Ted Danson, and Kelsey Grammer.

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