Placer County Subsidizes Bicycles To Get Cars Off The Road

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Summary

The parking lot at Green Hills Elementary school is almost empty when Principal Peter Towne pulls off his black helmet and swings his bike into the rack.

The parking lot at Green Hills Elementary school is almost empty when Principal Peter Towne pulls off his black helmet and swings his bike into the rack.


TakeAways

First off, let’s be honest. This sort of thing is darned rare. Here you have a community with what I am going to surmised is a middle class citizenry that can either afford to purchase bikes or has a very high ideal where environmental defense is concerned. This is not ‘everywhere‘ America. This might not be possible in small southern towns where ‘tree hugging‘ is not in fashion. But thank goodness, it is here.

But the most important part of this piece (to me) is not it is being done to save the environment but rather that it is ‘voluntary‘. This is the way that American activism should be conducted. Far too much of what really gets under my skin is the almost Bolshevik-like ‘demand‘ that comes folks who believe their understanding to be the correct one (and indeed it might be) but who are not willing or too lazy to convince others of their point of view.

So rather than ‘get people on board‘ with this idea or that our political process is made up of 4-year long skirmishes between bigots and racists on the one hand and their children on the other. Neither group is particularly appealing or charismatic. In fact both are downright frightening. I can just see them lopping off heads for ‘good reasons‘ if they were in absolute control.

But thankfully the Framers of the Constitution put in place this awkward slow-moving at a snail’s pace form of government that requires checks and balances and suddenly nobody gets to ‘rule the roost‘ for very long. And while I might want to turn ever other street into a bicycle highway devoid of cars altogether (and I do) that is not how things should be. I could be wrong (and I expect to be at least 90% of the time).

So rather than stick with the crowd that decides ‘it knows better than everyone else‘ it think it safer to avoid both the Tea Party and its Junior Mints Version the Urban Cycling Movement as the Fascists they are and applaud as loudly as my pudgy hands will allow the efforts of ‘do-gooders‘ like these who have the un-common sense to bring others along voluntarily.

Otherwise what we have is the Inquisition-Revisited where everyone has either to confess a belief in the Official Truth or face the ‘Chair of Torture‘.