Ask yourself: Can a politician love cycling infrastructure too much?
Got your answer? Are you sure?
Now watch this:
Apparently lots of local politicians showed up to associate themselves with the “new” multi-use tunnel just opened in Sonoma County, CA. The tunnel was built in 1884 for the railroad. Cycling advocates worked for the last 12 years to get it converted into a state-of-the art cycling and pedestrian facility.
Inevitably, Tom Bowden’s very popular post How to Talk About Cycling to a Conservative has been pushed off our front page.
Bowden’s guest post is the most viral post that Commute By Bike has ever published. More than 1500 Web pages have linked to the article (so far), including The Huffington Post among other prominent political Web sites.
Not to mention the link has been tweeted more than 150 times. (If that sentence makes any sense to you, you’ll be mildly impressed.)
Liberal cheerleaders of Europe fail when they grant too much prescience to Europe’s leaders and urban designers. In most cases, the urban density, pedestrian-friendly cities, transit-oriented development, and other elements that encourage alternative modes is just an accident of history.
We want to offer resources to teach people how to bike year-round, and that’s why we do the extreme in the winter – to show that it’s possible to use a bike for transportation,” [Fort Collins Cycling Coordinator, DK Kemp] said, adding that if you can dress to ski you can dress to be a winter cyclist.