Thursday, September 9, 2010

skateboard to work

If biking to work doesn't appeal to you, have you considered skateboarding?  Despite only taking up skateboarding six months ago, Alex skateboard-commutes two or three times a week between his home in the Clarendon area and his workplace in DC near Metro Center.  He favors the Iwo Jima route over the Custis trail / Key Bridge route because the later has steep descents that are tricky to negotiate in high traffic.

Skateboarding is more fun than sitting in a car in rush-hour car traffic.  Skateboarding doesn't spew any noxious fumes into the atmosphere, nor does it deplete the earth's natural resources.   But skateboarding is much bigger than that.  Skateboarding provides a whole new way to look at the world.  The upcoming Skateboarding Side Effects exhibit in the Artisphere's Terrace Gallery will show:
Skateboarders visualize urban areas differently from the general population. Handrails, empty pools, concrete benches and walls are stripped of their traditional functions and minimized to simple form, shape and line. Whether jagged and slow or smooth and fast, the experience of riding a board blends artistic vision and an understanding of physics with adventurous athletics, nurturing the creating mind and fueling the art of improvisation.
You won't get an experience like that driving a car.

[video included above]


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