Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cycling as Preventive Healthcare

It's that time of year again, when the masses come to look at the wondrous beauty of #CherryBlossoms in Washington, D.C.  And what better way to see such a natural wonder than from an idling car stuck in gridlocked traffic.  After all, it makes sense to sit in a car rather than get close to the trees on your #bicycle.  The parking is only $40 for a couple of hours, and there are at least 20 spots available for the 4,000 people a day who want to come.  So you should have no problem finding a spot.  Right?  Or you could just watch the whole thing live on the internet and clear the area normally used by cyclists.  #vehiclemadness  #rideyourbike

Paris wants to be the #cyclingcapital of the world.  That means more infrastructure.  The Paris City government says it is ready to invest in cycling.  Tres bon.  It would be great if you could ride a bike along the Seine to buy a pair of Christian Leboutains, then stop at a boulangerie where locals could gaze judgmentally at you for being a size 2 instead of a size 00, even though you pay your income taxes and are not toxically xenaphobic.  I'm in.  Let's do it #Paris.

Apparently it is time to study the effects of #electricmountainbikes on the environment and our psyches.  #really?

#Bicycling is a form of preventive healthcare, says a great new piece in Momentum Mag.  Medical establishment (at least those of you not over-invested in the medicines you prescribe) step up!

Drivers never want traffic calming because it slows them down.  But you cannot argue with the data that show it prevents death, especially to cyclists.  Bring on the bumps!

So if I see you in the bike lane, because you are on a bike, and not because you have veered into my path while you gape at the Cherry Blossoms from behind the wheel of a car, let's be smug.
Elisa P.

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