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Having just finished reading an article on bicycle-friendly communities worldwide that are experiencing a boom in bicycle use (Albuquerque Journal/ Journal North 8/31/08), I am both green with envy and red with anger – and I’m not talking chile here.
If large European cities, such as Berlin, can manage to overcome huge logistical difficulties to make it easier and safer for citizens to use bicycles for everyday trips to work, school, shopping, etc., why can’t little Los Alamos figure out how to do it? This article states that “Germans are 10 times more likely than Americans to ride a bike and three times less likely to get hurt while doing so.”
The reasons for this are that gasoline/diesel are expensive and the communities include bicycle use in their transportation planning. Well, it looks like we have arrived at the first condition; however, we have a long way to go for the second. If it isn’t bad enough that very little is done positively to encourage safe cycling in Los Alamos County, we cyclists also have to put up with street and road projects that make cycling more dangerous.
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