Are Bikes the New Gay Marriage?

ronnie.A December 15 Boston Globe article declared that bicycles are emerging as a new target for conservatives in the ongoing “culture wars” in America.

Bikes, it seems, have finally become visible enough to receive the kind of colorful and aggressive comments more frequently reserved for hot-button issues like abortion rights, school prayer and gay marriage.

In the article, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is quoted as comparing cycling to swimming with sharks, “sooner or later you’re going to get bitten.” He then summed up his statesmanlike thinking with the comment, “cyclists are a pain in the ass to motorists.” He then backed it up by having some bike lanes removed at a cost of about $300,000.

The Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz was then quoted as calling bicyclists “the most important danger in the city” of New York. She added that New York is a “city whose best neighborhoods are absolutely – begrimed, is the word – by these blazing blue Citibank bikes.”

Dan Maes, a Republican candidate for governor in Colorado, opined that a local bike-sharing program “could threaten our personal freedoms.” He added that efforts to boost cycling are “part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty.”

A unnamed conservative Washington Times columnist declared bike sharing to be “broken down socialism.” Another declared that bike sharing is favored by “commune enthusiasts that are Continue reading “Are Bikes the New Gay Marriage?”