My wife (not a cyclist, yet) and I were talking this morning. She said she saw a government official on t.v. talking about how the government promotes cycling as part of reducing air pollution.
"Now I see it," she said. "they want to appear as if they are fighting air pollution. That's why they build all those paths and things, to get their money back (to build roads--Atlanta has lost federal dollars due to non-compliance with clean air standards).
I think she is a prophetess.