H.G. Wells once said, "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of mankind."Great op-ed by MSU student, encouraging participation in the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council's Smart Commute event.
I find that I can relate to Wells' statement now more than ever. The United States is becoming more auto-centric every day, with cyclists and other nondrivers being pushed further and further into the fringes of society.
There are cities where using public transportation is easy, affordable and not reserved for a segment of society on the low rung of the social ladder. There are cities where riding your bike to work is a viable option for the majority of the population.
In Michigan we are especially susceptible to the tyranny of the automobile. Our state relied on the auto industry for so long economically, and it shaped the way our biggest cities are designed. (Read more.)
Image: Chico Gino. Bike near Chico, California. Not Michigan, but great pic nonetheless.
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips