Trash Talking

Rep. McHenry doesn’t like bikes

A recent article published at the League of American Bicyclists website quotes a number of politicians and journalists who have gone on the record criticizing the use of federal funds for bicycling projects. Each quote is followed by an explanation of the issue and a refutation of the erroneous statements. Visit the League website to find out who’s trash-talking your favorite mode of transport.

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6 Responses to “Trash Talking”

  • Jim Reilly says:

    I found plenty I did not agree with from these politicians and journalists. I believe using the bicycle as transportation is a viable option for many. I have been doing it for over a decade! I did NOT, however find criticism of bicycling or the bicyclist. I read only disagreement with the notion that governement should fund trails, offer tax breaks for bike commuters, and expect that cycling is realistic for the masses.


  • Alan says:

    You’re right Jim; I changed the wording to include “the use of Federal funds”.

  • Jim Reilly says:

    Fair enough. I know, I nit pick.

  • Paddy says:

    Jim it is a valid point and frankly Iwas upset to see Alan to take the typical route in these discussions.

    I have a problem with a number of things my tax money is spent on, but that doesn’t meant that I am opposed to the concept.

    Thanks for the correction Alan.

  • Erik Sandblom says:

    Sensible things said so far, but I would like to add: how much money can you possibly waste painting a line on a road, or building a three metre wide bike path? Isn’t there a saying: “strain off mosquitoes, swallow camels”?

    How much did they spend in building the tunnel in Boston, so that everyone could continue to drive even though there’s really no room? I bet the feasability study for that cost more than all the federal bike path money in the nation.

  • andy parmentier says:

    i get that hopeless feeling when i look out at all the traffic-until i put the jazz on. every genre of music was born in a particular age. jazz i suppose is the auto age. so it was like putting on a pair of jazz glasses. traffic looked happy. i made these observations while driving round fort collins, co with my friends in their car. we stopped at a college library, and i pulled a book on cetaceans (whales, dolphins, etc) and serendipitally found the “spectacled porpoise”. i consulted with another friend on this, and it turns out he also had a personal history involving musing on the purpose of the purple porpoise. i am a great lover of the sea, and had a personal paradigm on blue truth and red love making a purple sea. (absolutely no connection to politics, even if politics DOES start with P).
    so in a mental traffic roundabout kind of way, (having said ALL of this and that), i suggest the government put up jazz traffic calmer speakers here and there, and as for the bicyclists and their bicycles, and their risking danger by running around with ipod buds in their ears, i suggest bicycle dancing to ONE really good jazz tune that you’ve memorized to the point of getting it stuck in your head. and i’m not talking about SMOOTH jazz, but the bumpy road jazz before the age of the modern highway. a jazz history anecdote about a jazz band from the 20’s in the age of bumpy roads, and how that the longer and bumpier the ride in the tour bus that day, the better they played that night. pain releases endorphins, cyclists, and brings out the best of the best in the jazz athlete.

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