Monday, January 21, 2013
Mayor of Austin Says Lance Armstrong Bikeway Won’t Be Renamed
Help me understand this fellow Austinites—the Mayor of Austin, Lee Leffingwell told KXAN reporter Angie Beavin, “As for the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, we have not heard any outcry from the cycling community or the public at large in Austin to change the name, and I know of no plans to do so.”
The report by Beavin also offers Leffingwell supports the disgraced athlete: “Armstrong is a personal friend, a friend to Austin and a hero to millions of cancer survivors and their families.” Really people—the last one I can see, but as far as the first two go, dude what are you thinking?
Every fellow Austinite I know is embarrassed of Armstrong and wishes he would go quietly away.
A Rose By Any Other Name…
Unfortunately, the saying a rose by any other name would smell as sweet is not true for those naughty boys in sports like Lance Armstrong.
To me, the choice of Austin’s Mayor to not rename the Lance Armstrong Bikeway is like:
The Mayor of San Francisco at the grand opening of OJ Simpson’s Gun and Knife Shop—there’s stink in them there words!
Or, the Mayor of Newport News Virginia encouraging pit bull owners to choose Michael Vick’s Boarding and Training Center—really?
Or, the Cypress California Mayor stepping into the Tiger Woods Couples Counseling Center with his spouse—yikes I say!
There will always be bad people in sports, male and female, young and old who because of the errors, crimes, lies and faults will forever remain the naughty, the wicked and the unwanted.
Change the Name!
I’m not a member of the Austin Cycling Association but I do see many cyclists on the streets of Austin. I’m also proud of just how many streets are marked with clear bike paths and share the road signs. This is a true attempt by the City to encourage the sport of cycling whether it’s professional or a hobby.
Am I cranky about the bikeway not being renamed? You bet! I would much rather if this option were happening in another city other than Austin. But alas, it’s here where I reside!
So, I ask my fellow Austinites to weigh in here and offer an opinion. I don’t care if Lance Armstrong is a personal friend of Mayor Leffingwell.
Finally to you Mayor Leffingwell, I say rename the Lance Armstrong Bikeway—he’s a disgraced athlete who admits he’s got a lot of apologizing to do and perhaps that will take the rest of his life to accomplish. Don’t keep the name so the young just beginning their careers think of him as the best in the sport.
Think smart here Mayor Leffingwell; after all, it’s the voters of Austin that voted for you to run our city, not disgrace it!