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Sorry, urbanists, but bicycles will never save the planet

Sorry, urbanists, but bicycles will never save the planet

Bicyclists roll along Hollywood Boulevard during the CicLAvia Meet The Hollywoods event on Sunday, Aug. 21 2022. The event connected Hollywood through Hollywood Boulevard and…

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Bicyclists roll along Hollywood Boulevard during the CicLAvia Meet The Hollywoods event on Sunday, Aug. 21 2022. The event connected Hollywood through Hollywood Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) SACRAMENTO – After my column last week chiding urbanists for their visceral dislike of suburbia and cars, I’ve been bemused by posts from a subset of their movement: hard-core bicyclists. Lots of people, myself included, enjoy an occasional bicycle ride, but I’m referring to the zealous ones who think that bikes can “save” our society. They have a missionary zeal about them.

If average Christians spent as much time proselytizing as these bicyclists spend touting pedaling, then we’d be a very religious society. Many cyclists aren’t just happy riding. They want others to do so, also. It’s not hard to follow their argument, given that bicycle evangelists believe emission-less travel will stop the Earth from boiling over.

They inhabit an insular subculture that views cars as a scourge. One poster on X noted: “Wiser person than me said ‘Car ads falsely promise the kind of freedom that only a bicycle can give you.’” My snarky response : “Well, except for the freedom to go to the grocery store, take the family, go places in winter, commute decent distances, go to the airport with luggage and go out of town for the weekend, but other than that, sure.”

I was informed by another that, “you can bike to the grocery store, with your family (they also ride bikes). you […]

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