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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bikes and the End of the World [WSJ]

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In New York City, sharing a bike has become pretty easy.

Just get on a bike. It works. It really does. It doesn't matter if you're exhausted by the bike debate, or the alleged bike debate, or whatever this supposedly acid conflict should be called, because I'm pretty sure bikes are nowhere near as divisive as they are sometimes portrayed. I don't know anyone who would identify themselves as 'anti-bike.' I don't actually know what 'anti-bike' means. It sounds more miserable than being 'anti-beer.' Anti-bike? Really? I believe there are some worthy issues about the growing role of the bicycle in daily lives, genuine concerns about safety and responsibility and sharing the road. I know the subject has provoked colorful dissent, including at the newspaper where I work. I definitely know that cyclists can be annoying. I am sure I have been annoying as a cyclist. I am sorry. But I think there's always a solution that cuts through the acrimony and explains everything:
Just get on a bike.


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