Not that I have anything against DC-ites’ considerably torrid love affair with bicycling around town, but sometimes, it just goes to far. Great exercise? I get that. Cheap transportation? Totally on my radar. Spandex in public? Show me where to sign. The wave of the future in transportation? Not putting my eggs in that basket. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seems to think so though. In a recent article, LaHood stated, “this is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.” Well don’t I feel like an idiot for just getting a Virginia driver’s license? That’s $48 that could have gone towards quite the pair of Heelys. He also mentioned that “walking and biking should not be an afterthought in roadway design.” Right.

We Americans have been driving automobiles for a good 100 years at this point, and I’m fairly certain we didn’t get on this “motorized transportation” binge because the Transportation Secretary announced the end of favoring horse-drawn carriages at the expense of the shiny new motor-buggies. I think it just kind of happened. So cyclists, keep on doing your thing, but don’t force it on the rest of us. I’d rather ride one of these bikes anyways.