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Reason, by A. Barton Hinkle

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Posted By:zoidberg, 9/13/2017 5:04:16 PM

The Dutch love their bicycles, if we are to believe what we read in The New York Times. A quarter of all trips are made by bicycle, the paper reports, "and the federal government has been building up the country´s bike infrastructure over the last decade." This is very nice, but also: So what? Here´s what: "The yearly investment of roughly 500 million euros, or about $600 million, pays for itself, proponents say, by reducing health, social and other costs." Mirabile dictu! A $600 million expenditure that doesn´t cost a thing. If only America could import this magical method of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dirtyjersey, 9/13/2017 9:21:46 PM     (No. 11382643)

Bikes belong on designated bike paths only. Stay off the narrow country roads, and obey stop signs like everyone else.

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