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Louie, Louie

Neuroboy files an e-mail report from Downtown Crossing:

Just sitting here at work in Downtown Crossing minding my own business. What is that enchanting sound I hear wafting in from the street below? It’s the siren song of everyone's favorite hollering trike rider, Louie Evans, making his way down the sidewalk on Washington St.

Ride on Louie, ride on.

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. . . used to annoy me- but now I get a chuckle out of the reactions of people who have never seen him ride by before. Ride on Louie- ride on.

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This guy still annoys me. Nothing like riding at breakneck pace along walking trails screaming for people to get out of the way at the top of your lungs. I suspect that if he didn't have CP or whatever he has no one would find his antics charming.

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I'm sure that if my 2 month old were a grown man I wouldn't find his antics charming either....

But things as they are, I love em both. I can hear Louie in my apartment when he rides down Centre Street, and it always gives me a smile. Dig up the little film about him that was on this site a couple of years back and you may warm to him.

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It would be hard to dent a Coke can at the speed Louie pedals. It's still nice to hear your opinion, though, Mr. Bob Slowski.

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...but he does ride significantly faster than a walking pace, and he rides a wide, heavy tricycle bike that often doesn't leave room on the sidewalk for anyone else.

He's also at greater risk of injury on the sidewalk himself, because drivers don't expect a rider to come off the sidewalk into an intersection.

I appreciate that he's getting exercise and traveling the city, both of which are good for him. I appreciate that he's mentally handicapped. I don't appreciate that he's placing himself and others at risk, nor that he's so bossy about it. He does literally scream "MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!", and runs you down. If you don't have anywhere to go, he doesn't care.

His social worker or whoever works with him needs to tell him it's not OK to endanger and harass people.

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I believe that all of us ought to go the extra 10% to make life a little easier for those around us with disabilities of various kinds.

With that said, there's nothing that excuses riding down the sidewalk bellowing for people to get out of the way.

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He is PHYSICALLY handicapped.

He can carry on a conversation quite nicely ... you just have to get used to his inability to control his speech sounds in ways that you and I take for granted.

You need to examine your privilege a little better than you have done your homework here.

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DOES he run down people who can't get out of the way (or move out of the way fast enough)? If so, why would this behavior be considered acceptable?

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. . . and then I see Spare Change Guy as I'm biking to work past Tufts Medical Center this morning. I WIN!

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