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U.S.: Can put a man on the moon, can't figure out how to make bikes work

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August 30, 2008 – Comments (4)

Germans are 10 times more likely than Americans to ride a bike and three times less likely to get hurt while doing so.

No big surprise there. Germans have great bike routes. Germans follow the rules when they're driving. (They're not fake law and order types, like U.S. drivers, who are only law and order types when it comes to laws that don't inconvience them.)

This is, as the man says, not rocket science.

You simply stripe and enforce bike lanes, stop with the ridiculous cul-du-sacs to nowhere, provide secure parking, and bang. Employers, get a shower room installed and encourage your employees to ride. Their health will improve (and I'll bet your insurance bills will too).

Or, we can simply continue being huge and lazy, and try to drill our way out of every transportation problem, before heading to the pharmacy for a six-pack of artery-drano.

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM, russiangambit (29.29) wrote:

It is not going to fly here. Did you ever observe people making rounds in a parking lot in front of a grocery store to find the closest spot because otherwise they might have to walk 10 additioanl steps and loose 5 extra calories. It used to drive me crazy, now I just don't care. To each its own.

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#2) On August 30, 2008 at 7:17 PM, devoish (98.37) wrote:

Unfortunately we cannot put a man on the moon anymore. The biking thing will work as soon as enough people buy bikes to create a need so someone will buy a road, paint a line, and profit by charging a toll for its use. ;-)

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#3) On August 30, 2008 at 8:20 PM, FleaBagger (29.74) wrote:

But that would be a profit motive!

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#4) On August 30, 2008 at 11:30 PM, devoish (98.37) wrote:

But not an invisible hand. ;-)

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