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Cars vs. Horses: A lesson in history

by Bryn — last modified Mar 02, 2011 12:16 PM
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With all the hubabaloo I've seen about the bike lanes and some of the frankly ludicrous attitudes shown by some people out there, I found this article quite refreshing!! Check out Average Joe Cyclist's take on things...

 

“I’ve noticed there aren’t a lot of people using the downtown bike routes. I worry that they just weren’t a very good idea.”

A well-meaning friend said this to me yesterday. A day later, I have figured out what I should have replied. Better late than never, I guess.

In a nutshell, people are slow to embrace change. In fact, it’s quite fascinating to look back to the advent of motors cars, and see how people resisted cars as fiercely as some people now resist bicycle lanes. Cars were first invented in 1885, but it would be decades before they posed any threat to horses and bicycles. As late as 1907 they were seen as little more than annoying, noisy, smelly nuisances

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Cycles of change

Avatar Posted by David Walker at Mar 03, 2011 09:43 AM
Excellent article and timely. What isn't mentioned here is that when a large portion of our population are regularly riding bicycles there will be a significant increase in their general health. This will positively impact health care costs. Add in the cleaner air factor and just think of the savings!