P.J. O’Rourke on the Scourge of Bike Lanes – WSJ.com

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The bicycle is a parody of a wheeled vehicle—a donkey cart without the cart, where you do the work of the donkey. Although the technology necessary to build a bicycle has been around since ancient Egypt, bikes didn’t appear until the 19th century. The reason it took mankind 5,000 years to get the idea for the bicycle is that it was a bad idea. The bicycle is the only method of conveyance worse than feet. You can walk up three flights of stairs carrying one end of a sofa. Try that on a bicycle.

via P.J. O’Rourke on the Scourge of Bike Lanes – WSJ.com.

The whole article is worth a read. Of course, I strongly disagree with his position in its entirety but especially for his lack of attention to the health benefits of bicycling, including cycling to work. On that score he offers the following:

A good, hard-played game of Mother-May-I will make us all more physically fit. Fitness being another reason given for cluttering our cities with bike lanes. But why is it so important that the public be fit? Fit for what? Are they planning to draft us into forced labor battalions?

A clever, if misguided, piece.

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About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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One Response to P.J. O’Rourke on the Scourge of Bike Lanes – WSJ.com

  1. Rick Ankrum says:

    Looking at the short author line at the bottom of Mr. O’Rourke’s article he seems to contrary about other topics as well. I think this is his way to draw attention.

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