The Wigg Party Manifesto

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I’m not the first person to have a great affinity for the Wiggle, the zigzagging bike route from the Lower Haight to the Panhandle that allows cyclists to avoid hills on their way to the west side. The Yelamu people walked a similar path between seasonal villages. But for me the Wiggle is truly an obsession, and the spine  of the area in which my group, the Wigg Party, works to create a resilient community in the face of planetary crises. If we fail, we won’t be the last to love the Wiggle – with the rising seas, it’ll be beachfront property!

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Duboce, Steiner, Waller, Pierce, Haight, Scott, Fell/Oak.

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Of our larger struggle – will it be a place of harmony, respect, celebration, and joy or one of conflict, self-indulgence, finger-pointing, and anger? As the Wiggle goes, so goes the world.

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The Wiggle is at the frontlines. Like every other major cultural movement of the past 60 years, San Francisco will serve as the primary inspiration for the necessary transformation of all major U.S. cities over the coming decades.


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Having the same laws for cars and bikes makes as much sense as having the same laws for powerboats and kayaks. For bikes, stop signs should be yield signs, and stoplights should be stop signs. We are 30 years behind Idaho on this one.

Tbi_wiggparty_blocks.5If it’s not fun, it’s not sustainable. Neighborhood and planetary transformation will not come from protests, petitions, pleading, or hand-wringing, but from potlucks and bike riding. Whenever possible, incorporate costumes.

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There are more than 440,000 public parking spots in San Francisco and not a single safe bike route from the east side of town to the west. That’s all I have to say about that.

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The Wiggle is sacred space. Over the next 10 years, we will construct a temple (built of garden boxes), murals, roundabouts, and community around her. To ride the Wiggle is to partake in a sacred ritual. 

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The Wiggle will be car-free within 25 years.

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San Francisco has been a “transit-first” city since 1973, meaning the city is required by law to give preference to any form of transportation that is not the private automo – bwahahahaha! (Sorry, I can never get through that one without laughing.)

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There is no more enjoyable everyday activity than riding it with a group of friends. Except maybe tossing around a football while rollerblading. That guy seems to be having a blast.

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This story originally ran in Volume 4 of The Bold Italic magazine –Obsessions – which is available for purchase in our Shop. 

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Published on November 6, 2012, 2012

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