Why Does Cycling Suck In the US? Part I

Those of you who are coming for some comedy or meditation, this is not for you. I’m going to continue to examine the government’s total lack of concern for their nation’s health, national security, safety, sanity, and comfort due to their incredibly inept and inefficient policy on infrastructure.

I’m starting to feel like the Andy Rooney of cycling. I always am whining. Well, it takes a big enough baby to admit when things are messed up and for that I’ll be your baby.

Here I’ll talk about two documents. First of all: Toward Zero Deaths [www.google.com/url?q=http://www.atssa.com/galleries/default-file/Toward%2520Zero%2520Deaths%2520FINAL.pdf&sa=U&ei=HOrHUM2FBOae2gXz6oGYAw&ved=0CBQQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNHAjdo4hoojAeXnYOoozUpNZOpsnw]

Secondly,

Safer Infrastructure: [http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=web6%20safer%20infrastructure%20paper&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDIQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsafety.transportation.org%2Fdoc%2Fweb6%2520Safer%2520Infrastructure%2520White%2520Paper.pdf&ei=LuvHUM7ZDcT42QWwg4D4Bw&usg=AFQjCNG9PaGucGU6JRcIMvOyQW0ahKcQFA&bvm=bv.1354675689,d.b2U]

So why does cycling suck?

One reason, I might speculate, is because we speak English. I know that this sounds silly, but name a single English colonial country which has decent cycling? In Canada, the ex-mayor tore up bike lanes. London, cycling totally sucks and they don’t care at all. In NZ and AU, they did us the favor of making plastic hats mandatory thus proving once and for all that they were totally useless for accidents other than those which are not likely to hurt or kill the cyclist anyway.

In other wealthy, Western, countries, there is no notion of the disease known as vehicular cycling. They have a far, far higher mode share and they are gaining all the economic, happiness (Denmark is #1 in world happiness), and physical fitness benefits while we are spending our way to a “fiscal cliff” while we are totally befuddled why most of children are fatasses who are destined towards a life of diabetes, heart disease, and other preventable ailments. Not only does the motoring industry kill more people than child abusers, they ruin more future adult lives.

Thus, my initial hypothesis is that this is because of English language or culture. However, I’ll look deeper into the causes and conditions of our unique (among non-English speaking, wealthy, Western nations) that I dub cycle-phobia.

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2 Responses to “Why Does Cycling Suck In the US? Part I”

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