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Bicycle And Partisan Political Skirmishing

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By Dan Bart | January 10, 2014 3:34 pm

Everybody knows cars are problem of our civilization – a problem with which we must reckon. So we have a bicycle – decided high ranked bureaucrats which will solve all the problem and at the same time make their own life just a few bits more bearable.

The League of American Cyclists, using U.S. Census data, found that Portland, urban mecca of bicycle hipsterdom, has just 6.1 percent of its residents pedaling about the roadways. New York City boasts the largest number of bike commuters: 36,496 in 2012, or less than 1 percent of its 8 million-plus population. A meager 200 protected bicycle lanes currently exist in the United States, according to the Green Lane Project. These numbers are very much on the upswing, but there remain, ultimately, few bicyclists on our roads, and few lanes on which they might bicycle.

Cars pollute our air, deplete our dwindling supply of fossil fuels, and, hey, if you can find a reliable mechanic in your town or mine, let me know. Hurrah! We got bicycles.

Bicycles will not clear up traffic, banish smog, end obesity or reverse the course of climate change. Unless these city guru make everybody ride them.

So let’s stop wasting our MONEY on urban planning.

 

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