NPR's Marketplace on high schoolers' cycling

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Matt O'Toole, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Matt O'Toole

    Matt O'Toole Guest

    I just heard an interesting segment on NPR's Marketplace, about how high
    school students in Cape Town, South Africa don't ride bikes to school
    because it isn't "cool." Sound familiar? Anyway, a few young cyclists
    are getting together for moral support, developing an interest in
    competitive cycling, and even getting together for training rides. So
    there's a silver lining to this cloud.

    However, at the start of the show, Kai Ryssdal makes a comment about how
    cycling is becoming more and more dangerous. I think this deserves a
    rebuttal.

    I don't see the show in the NPR archives yet, so no link. Those in
    Central/Western time zones may still have time to catch the regular
    broadcast today.

    Matt O.
     
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  2. >I just heard an interesting segment on NPR's Marketplace, about how high
    > school students in Cape Town, South Africa don't ride bikes to school
    > because it isn't "cool." Sound familiar? Anyway, a few young cyclists
    > are getting together for moral support, developing an interest in
    > competitive cycling, and even getting together for training rides. So
    > there's a silver lining to this cloud.
    >
    > However, at the start of the show, Kai Ryssdal makes a comment about how
    > cycling is becoming more and more dangerous. I think this deserves a
    > rebuttal.


    How about this- my daughter dropped by the shop in tears yesterday, because
    her car was hit twice in the parking lot. Once while she was walking towards
    it (a stoned kid backed into it, said he was sorry, he was too stoned and
    didn't see it... he actually did say that...) and the second was someone who
    simply couldn't figure out where her brake was. Fortunately, nothing more
    than a couple scratches (1989 Accura Integra is a great school-parking-lot
    car), but geez, it's amazing what goes on with kids driving to/from school.

    --Mike Jacoubowsky
    Chain Reaction Bicycles
    www.ChainReaction.com
    Redwood City & Los Altos, CA USA


    "Matt O'Toole" <mattotoole@letterboxes.org> wrote in message
    news:pan.2005.12.15.23.35.05.140604@letterboxes.org...
    >I just heard an interesting segment on NPR's Marketplace, about how high
    > school students in Cape Town, South Africa don't ride bikes to school
    > because it isn't "cool." Sound familiar? Anyway, a few young cyclists
    > are getting together for moral support, developing an interest in
    > competitive cycling, and even getting together for training rides. So
    > there's a silver lining to this cloud.
    >
    > However, at the start of the show, Kai Ryssdal makes a comment about how
    > cycling is becoming more and more dangerous. I think this deserves a
    > rebuttal.
    >
    > I don't see the show in the NPR archives yet, so no link. Those in
    > Central/Western time zones may still have time to catch the regular
    > broadcast today.
    >
    > Matt O.
     
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