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Old 10-08-13, 11:41 AM   #1
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How's this for bicycle advocacy?

Bicycle use mandate in Columbia

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I'd LOVE to see a city in the USA do this -- set aside all the arguments about "a symbolic law", "unenforceable", etc. It's called "TAKING A STAND".

Of course (without getting specific, as that would be political), there's a significant cross-section of the population that would ridicule, abuse, and torment every way they could find.
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The proposal only made it out of committee.

Here in the US there is always a legislative silly season in which hard-working and mostly ignored legislators get some attention with quixotic proposals. Perhaps that is also true in Bolivia.
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Over reaching b'crats come up with dictatorial ideas that people hate. Like being against Big Gulps and helmet laws.
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Over reaching b'crats come up with dictatorial ideas that people hate. Like being against Big Gulps and helmet laws.
Ridiculous citizens who are not qualified to take part in the political process complaining about "politicians and bureaucrats" and who offer nothing but complaints, whining, ignorance and a refusal to pay for services...all while wanting everyone else to subsidize and/or respect their "rights" while offering no accountability on how those rights affect everyone else.
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Here in the US there is always a legislative silly season in which hard-working and mostly ignored legislators get some attention with quixotic proposals. Perhaps that is also true in Bolivia.
That's my suspicion too.

I didn't click through but I assume the link is to the road.cc article, which is just a rehash of a Google Translate pass on a Spanish language editorial. It's possible that the original opinion piece exaggerates the actual language of the bill, which might just be something like a resolution that says the city should encourage people to bike to work one day a week in the same way many U.S. city mayors proclaim bike to work day. Color me skeptical.

American news snippet: "Mayor Smith proclaimed the third Friday of May shall be Bike to Work Day."

Chinese discussion in bikes.baidu.com: "American party chief says workers shall bike to work third Friday of May!"
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Considering the area of the world, I doubt if the majority of commuters own a bicycle. Even the least expensive bike would be a month or more salary for the lower income bracket. Actually, this may be as much about limiting use of the public transportation buses for economic reasons as it is about encouraging bicycle use.
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