Hi, I'm a Canadian who lives in Germany half the year and I work with an Intergenerational Balance and Natural Movement Program (Balance Bookends) for young children (3-8 year olds and older adults 55+) to promote various physical and social activities that revolve around mostly skating and some cycling (in both Europe and the US).
As a result of introducing a product into the US market from Europe last year, I become increasingly shocked at what I was witnessing in regards to the fitness levels and lack of activity/ability when I compared Europeans and their US counterparts.
I was so surprised that I submitted two papers to the International Velo-City 2007 Conference (www.velo-city2007.com) to discuss the issue. To my delight both were accepted. I've included the titles of these papers as I thought they might be of interest to Bike Forums Members, and I'm continuing research on the topics and always looking for more input.
In fact, it was a result of exchanging some data with "the Cycling Dude" (cyclingdude.com) that led me to this forum...
The Challenge of Raising A Cyclist In 21st Century America
Paper # 2:
Human Powered Vehicles (HPV); the ANTI-Segway. (Exploring a Cultural Paradox; Back to the Future of Individual Traffic)
I'll search out the right place to plop the abstracts down and get some feedback...Think the Safety Thread and Sidewalk Cycling Issue is where you'll find Paper #2. See you around