Virginia Celebrates Bike to Work Week May 13-17
According to a press release from the Virginia Governor’s Office:
“Governor Ralph Northam issued a proclamation encouraging commuters to bike to work during Bike to Work Week May 13-17, 2019. Bicycling just one or two days a week is a healthy, economical, and fun alternative to driving to work alone.”
Seriously does he have any idea what that entails? Ok I’m just still sitting here with my mouth open, looking stupid!
The press release goes on to say:
“Bicycling is an affordable commuting option for Virginians,” said DRPT Director Jennifer Mitchell, “The Commonwealth offers hundreds of miles of dedicated bike lanes and many cycling resources, including bike racks at most park and ride lots and on transit services throughout the state.”
Obviously Jennifer Mitchell has never been on Route 3 or 301 in the Northern Neck! One would be safer hitching a ride with the Amish or driving a motor cycle over freshly mowed grass. <————-<<<< (That’s sarcasm people)
The release continues:
“Bicycling to work provides multiple advantages to employees and employers. Riders can cut costs on parking, gas, and wear on their vehicles. In addition, biking instead of driving reduces congestion and improves air quality. It is also associated with health benefits as commuters who cycle have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”
Seriously the amount of wear and tear on our bodies for a “commute” would raise the cost of our healthcare by thousands compared with the little wear and tear cost we would save on our vehicles.
Not to mention workers who have to get up at the butt-crack of dawn, will get to work sweaty, (that’s if the commute doesn’t involve an ambulance ride the rest of the way) and late most likely. I don’t think that proclamation involves amnesty for workers who arrive late.
Now I’m not saying that for people in a town such as Colonial Beach it’s totally out of the question. As a matter of fact it would be great in this small town, but in rural areas or the city for “real bonafide commutes” (meaning 15 miles or more) this idea is just ludicrous.
And finally the release said:
“In addition to Bike to Work Week, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation is also celebrating Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17. Many cities, towns, and counties across the state will be holding Bike to Work events, including Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, Richmond, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, and Norfolk.”
I can’t wait to see how this pans out. What do you think am I being too harsh on Northam’s idea?
Let me know what you think!