Someone on another forum asked "Should more be done to promote cycling?".
So I came up with this brief essay; Please give me a critique of my writing:
Cycling is one of the best aerobic sports, it's good for one's heart and lungs.
Cycling is a good way to learn the rules of the road. 99% of cyclists go on to get an automobile, while only 60% of non-cyclists ever learn to drive.
Cycling as a means of transportation can definitely save fuel.
With the price of oil, it's easy to see why people want to ride bicycles. Bicycles only need a few drops of oil on the chain every few months, for lubrication.
But let's forget about cars for a moment. When the bicycle was invented, there were no cars. One had a choice of walking or riding a horse (if one was lucky enough to have a horse.) There were no STOP signs in those days, or traffic lights, or Police with Radar guns. It wasn't necessary, on account of the fact that no-one ever got moving fast enough to get in a deadly accident with massive loss of blood.
(In fact, STOP signs and red lights are the color of blood as a reminder of the blood shed in motor vehicle accidents).
If we compare cycling to walking, a person on a bicycle can go five times further in a day than if he or she was walking.
Cycling should be promoted as a way of keeping obesity under control.
Cities and municipalities should put up more signs with a picture of a bicycle and the words "SHARE THE ROAD".
Modern standards call for travel lanes of roadways to be at least fourteen feet wide. Some roads were built before there were such standards and have been declared to have "Sub-Standard Lane Width". Motorists should be advised that if the lane is substandard width, the cyclist has the right to take the entire lane, and the motorist must wait until there is no traffic coming the other way, and cross the yellow line to pass.