Bike vs. Bike - Conservatism and Cycling Policy Is conservatism necessarily harmful to progressive cycling policy? en-us <function copyright at 0x58f3848> Sat, 12 May 2012 20:13:34 GMT Which generation of conservatives?
For this to spark a real debate you'd have to have someone who IS anti-bike expressing that viewpoint. I appreciate the sentiments expressed but two people agreeing doesn't start a debate.]]> fc7c6ec4-da1d-11e1-a497-1231394043be Sat, 12 May 2012 20:13:34 GMT
Actual Fiscal Responsibillty
Instead, every influential conservative group from the Cato Institute to the Teabaggers have argued quite the opposite, money for cars and highways above all else, even if the arguments for that requires bogus research to contradict the laws of physics. I imagine this has something to do with their reliance on money from the oil industry.

As for Rob Ford, talk is cheap. Remember that he invited a sports announcer to his inauguration who wore a pink suit in honor of the "pinkos" who ride in "socialist" bike lanes -- bike lanes that Ford would later rip out at greater public expense than it took to build them. So much for fiscal responsibility. ]]> fc7c3936-da1d-11e1-9776-1231394043be Mon, 07 May 2012 15:49:15 GMT
I suspect the North American tug-o'-war between funding for cycling infrasture and that of cars is largely driven by resistance to change by the culture at large and a failure of the vast majority of our leadership in carrying the water. How many electeds in your community doing any biking beyond recreational. I can think of only 3 across all of North America that I am aware regularly bike to work or where they otherwise need to go. Certainly, numerous corporate interests have no interest in disrupting the car culture status quo either so they aren't handing out cash lobbying for more cycle tracks and bike corrals..]]> fc7c2a4a-da1d-11e1-8da2-1231394043be Mon, 07 May 2012 14:56:25 GMT
real world fc7c2720-da1d-11e1-9a9e-1231394043be Mon, 07 May 2012 13:32:59 GMT polarization? fc7c255e-da1d-11e1-92ed-1231394043be Mon, 07 May 2012 13:32:18 GMT politics &amp; bikes
I <a href="">had a kick at the can</a> myself recently, with predictable results.

As far as the excuse that commuting distances are too vast here, consider that over half of North Americans live within 8 km of their workplace.

We still need to completely rethink the way we are building our communities (around the automobile) and integrate public transit. This won't happen as long as we are subsidizing the present model and are ruled by the oil czars--who happen to prosper via right wing, laissez faire "governments."
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Ideals are rarely realities
Here is an issue with the argument that America should do away with cars. While cycling is more than viable and downright more practical in tightly contained urban environments and even in the close surrounding areas where there is convenient public transport to the city centers, the VAST majority of our immense country is not this way. Driving across the country on any of our interstate systems will show that aside from the few large urban areas in between and the rest along the coasts, most of the USA is sprawling land and rather sparsely populated in comparison. The nature of things in our box-store country requires that the folks who live in the middle still have access to things like grocers, healthcare, etc. Often this requires rather long journeys that would make frequent trips a hassle, especially on a bicycle. Given the poor state of our public transportation options, individual automobiles are the best alternative. My political leanings have had nothing to do with my arrival at this dead end. In such a large (area-wise) country, with so much space between urban centers, it would be incredibly difficult to reduce automobile use without a total commitment by each state to improve/install transportation alternatives. This should not be a job for the federal government. They are already too far in the hole to dig themselves out. Private contracting could do it, but all the states need to be on board.

We can dream all day and debate the merits of new and better systems, but none of this can be an immediate change, and until the psyche of the populous evolves, we will need automobiles to get us where we need to go.

PS I hope we do see a change in my lifetime, because I love traveling and the USA, but hate driving. Dilemmas.]]> fc741990-da1d-11e1-badb-1231394043be Sat, 04 Jun 2011 09:21:33 GMT
Right wing, left wing, chicken wing
This article was also too short and not very informative.

Second, I am so glad Lolly Wash loves the "elegance" of bicycles and that Elly Blue is a "transportationist." Seriously, wtf? Where do you people come from?

The real issue that needs addressing here is not conservatism, but rather how Americans are addicted to gasoline, and when it is threatened they react violently. This is what is keeping all of us from riding bicycles, and being safe and respected on our bicycles.

Remember that there are deeper social issues here and that politics are simply the last refuge of the pseudo-intellectual.]]> fc72d076-da1d-11e1-85fd-1231394043be Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:24:37 GMT
right or left Suburban soccer moms driving their kids 6 blocks to school in the minivan; Al Gore, RFK Jr and Hollywood's limousine liberals hectoring the public from their limos and private jets about conservation.
Unfortunately progressives think they know whats best for everyone, whether they live up to it themselves or not, and rarely think through the unintended consequences - whether it's light bulbs, toilets or bike issues.

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left or right fc72b64a-da1d-11e1-bdfb-1231394043be Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:07:40 GMT