If the city of Los Angeles, with its freeway hell as perhaps the most non-bicycle friendly place on the planet, can seriously consider a bicyclists’ bill of rights, then maybe there’s hope for the rest of the U.S. It doesn’t take $4.50-per-gallon gasoline for a movement to start.
This item in Gizmodo today is amazing. Not sure who would shell out $13,000 for a bike.
But who among us before the Persian Gulf War in the early 90s would have thought anyone would go $50,000 for a full-sized H1 Hummer military vehicle that gets gas mileage in the single digits?
This from the NYT’s Sunday Magazine: “Another study posits that if every American spent 30 minutes a day walking or cycling instead of driving, we would collectively cut carbon emissions by 64 million tons and shed more than three billion pounds of excess flab. All of this sounds great in theory, but most people find that their good intentions falter when faced with the extra time it takes to walk. Yet Alan Durning, an environmental researcher whose blog about living without a car inspired Walk Score, argues that walking may be the ultimate timesaver. He cites a British study that suggests that for every minute you walk, you live about three minutes longer. ‘You’re not using time,’ Durning argues; ‘you’re generating time.’ ”