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Intersting story in Washington Post.(5 posts)

Intersting story in Washington Post.Fattrax
Dec 16, 2002 9:59 AM
Hopefully Metro DC is moving in the right direction. However, there are still a lot of people that need convincing.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59422-2002Dec15.html
cool story - nmMJ
Dec 16, 2002 10:13 AM
re: Intersting story in Washington Post.Swat Dawg
Dec 16, 2002 10:17 AM
Read that article last night. Our culture has to much of an enfatuation with the automobiles for their to be a progressive move toward cyclo-commuting. Also, our cities and infrastructure is too spread out to make cycling as effective as it is in Europe. Europe did a lot of developing before cars came along, the US really build itself around the car and its mobility, especially after the 1920's or so.

Swat Dawg
For further reading...Fattrax
Dec 16, 2002 11:35 AM
I read bit of Asphalt Nation by Jane Holtz Kay a while ago and does have some interesting insights. The one person that got me riled in the article was the fellow from AAA. He said "There's not enough room on the streets for the cars.And now we're taking some of that space for bicycles." I was under the impression that federal road regulations for new roads require extra space along the right-of-way for bicycle traffic. Am I mistaken on this? Nobody is taking anything from motorist, just making a clear delineation between what asphalt belongs to whom in a manner that would progress traffic easily, safely, and efficiently.
The AAA guy we bikers in DC all know...Djudd
Dec 16, 2002 1:24 PM
or at least should. He's an absolute neanderthal about sharing the road in any capacity and supports any road project no matter how destructive.A few years ago there was some controversy about a road that would require the destruction of two neighborhoods in the MD suburbs. The road was merely a shortcut to an interstate (I-270), not exactly essential. This guy was like a dog with a bone about it...despite the understandable outrage of the peope who would be uprooted and see their homes destroyed. He literally said on television the need for the road was more important than the homes of the people affected.