This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

De-politicizing cycling

  Can't help myself here.
   Somebody started a thread on the Bike Forums about "De-politicizing cycling."  What an adorably naive notion.   The posts were brisk and a whole lot of fun because they had nothing to do with reality.  The OP began with the claim that being known to advocate cycling and the development of infrastructure immediately labeled one as a "liberal freak."  Following posts developed along the line with a few dissenting remarks but somebody had to throw in the idea that all cyclists are considered "gay" and look dumb.  John Forrester chimed in with an attempt to further develop a quasi-erudite conspiracytopigeonholebikessomewhereoffthestreets theory.
     How can anybody pretend to depoliticize the subject.   Bikes are vehicles, the operators need some protection under the law, laws are created by legislators, legislators are politicians--Duh!
     All they are complaining about is a bunch of childish name calling.   It was this
"liberal freak"
who used the his presidency to insert  billions for biking infrastructure into the last highway bill.
You can't blame people for name calling and stereotyping bike riders as "gay."  
 Everybody knows "it's the car.  Chicks dig the car!"  

 If you don't drive a car...well you probably aren't into "chicks" (spelled, botox barbie bimbettes).
Conspiracy to force bikes off the street?
Get outta town!
Do you really think
 these people talk to each other...
about anything, let alone bikes?
How can you expect the issue to be anything but political, but what the hell does that mean these days?
We have one party who espouses liberal social causes and individual freedoms such as stem cell treatment, abortion rights and freedom of sexuality while advocating collectivist economics which restrict individual choice in the markets.  The other party adheres to open free market economic policies while repressing the individuals rights on the social issues mentioned.    It's just a bundle of contradictions calling people names.  Things are pretty damn blurry out there, and I don't think it's gonna get much better.
Just throw it in their faces.

Ride more, be happy!

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