You know, there are a lot of "Q" words that are math-related. That's just bringing me down.
My Webster's says that the third definition of "quorum" is "a select group or company"... much like the group at the Austin Bike Summit last Saturday.
First of all, the day was brilliant. I got to meet a lot of people whose names I had heard, but who I had never seen in person. Plus, the casual networking with other Austin cyclists was also very cool. And since I've only just started volunteering with some cycling advocacy groups, it was also a great opportunity to see what is coming in the future as far as cycling improvements in Austin. For instance: A bike boulevard, bike sharing, in-street bike parking... all sorts of fun stuff.
And there were giveaways! And a lunchtime bike ride! And free food! Free drink, too, but I only partook of the water.Which tasted funny.
One really cool takeaway for the day was the workshop on social marketing-- basically, we talked about ways to portray cycling as normal, instead of aberrant, behaviour. And someone put it very succinctly when he said, "We are the message as well as the messenger, by being on the street." A deep thought for us all, yes?
Do you cycle? Do you attend quorums based around your hobby (whatever that may be)? What do you do with funny-tasting water?