Monthly Archives: December 2011

The GOP Hates Bikes | Mother Jones

The GOP Hates Bikes | Mother Jones.

The GOP Hates Bikes

| Tue Oct. 25, 2011 8:24 AM PDT

Over the past few months, as Republicans have focused their attention on cutting what they see as wasteful government spending, they’ve zeroed in on a surprising new target: bicyclists, and the programs that serve them.

The federal government spends about $40 billion a year on transportation projects. Of that, about $928 million has been devoted to what’s known as a “transportation enhancement” program, which provides funding for projects—including rails-to-trails conversions, bike lanes, and bridges—that make cycling safer, and thus more viable as a commuting option. But as Congress gears up to reauthorize the massive transportation funding bill this year, Republicans are arguing that states shouldn’t be forced to use scarce transportation funds to encourage bike commuting when bridges for cars are falling down.


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Do Republicans Really Hate Cyclists? – BikeRadar

Do Republicans Really Hate Cyclists? – BikeRadar.

Do Republicans really hate cyclists?

By Peter Suciu, in Roseville, Michigan


In the United States, response to many issues falls along political party lines, including taxes, guns, abortion – and now cycling, according to some commentators.


Mother Jones, the self-professed “news organization that specializes in investigative, political and social justice”, published a story earlier this year with the straight-to-the-point headline: “The GOP Hates Bikes.” In this piece, author Stephani Mencimer noted two cases where Republican lawmakers drove anti-bicycle agendas.


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Filed under behaviour, bicycling & politics, legislation, safety Reveals the Danger of Cycle Rage Reveals the Danger of Cycle Rage. reveals the danger of cycle rage reveals the danger of cycle rage-

21 Nov, 2011

  • ‘Cycle rage’ grips the UK: reveals danger with new mapping tool
  • Almost 12% of drivers say cyclists should pay road tax
  • More than one in eight cyclists have been knocked off their bike by a motorist

Cyclist and motorist rage is in the spotlight this Road Safety Week (21-27 November 2011), and both cyclists and car owners have strong feelings about how to handle it according to car insurancecomparison site,

Both cyclists and motorists are turning to social media to report incidents of road related anger with identifying 2,674 tweets mentioning both ‘road rage’ and ‘cyclist’ during the first nine months of this year. In response to this emerging danger, has created an interactive map that both cyclists and drivers can use to pinpoint rage blackspots.


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Insurance Website Inflames “motorist Vs Cyclist” Debate – BikeRadar

Insurance Website Inflames “motorist Vs Cyclist” Debate – BikeRadar.

Insurance website inflames “motorist vs cyclist” debate

By BikeRadar UK

With Road Safety Week kicking off today, cyclists and motorists – and the relationship between the two – are firmly in the spotlight.

And rather than calming things down, insurance website looks to have only inflamed matters. They conducted a survey over the last month in a bid to find out the issues that make the blood of cyclists and motorists boil and suggestions of what could be done to improve relations. They surveyed 1,000 of each and published their findings in a press release which didn’t hide the side of the fence they were on.


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LBJ100 Bicycle Tour 2012

Registration for the 2012 LBJ100 Bicycle Tour on March 24, 2012 is now open. Register online here: RaceTechs.

For details of the tour, click here: LBJ100.

Let me just briefly mention the most important changes:


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