Sunday, May 06, 2007



Glenn Beck even had a blank check from CNN to "expose" scientific facts on Global Warming as distortions from the Left. Why do the people on the Right insist on backing Corporations, greedy claims that we have nothing to fear. LIVE IT UP, GUZZLE THE GAS, POLLUTE THE AIR, and BUY, SPEND AND KEEP US RICH... When money is involved everyone should be MAJORLY SKEPTICAL!!!! Um, A-nough said!!!

Thank you, thinkingblue

PS: Now read how Europe is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of the Greedy Corporate Controlled USA... Oh, by the way... HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW GLENN BECK TRIES TO IMITATE OUR KEITH OLBERMANN... Glenn, give it up, you can't come near Keith... Keith has integrity. is upright and honest ... Not deceptive and fraudulent, like yourself!
Building a Better Bike Lane
Bike-friendly cities in Europe are launching a new attack on car culture. Can the U.S. catch up? By NANCY KEATES May 4, 2007

COPENHAGEN -- No one wears bike helmets here. They're afraid they'll mess up their hair. "I have a big head and I would look silly," Mayor Klaus Bondam says.

People bike while pregnant, carrying two cups of coffee, smoking, eating bananas. At the airport, there are parking spaces for bikes. In the emergency room at Frederiksberg Hospital on weekends, half the biking accidents are from people riding drunk. Doctors say the drunk riders tend to run into poles.

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Click on the image to see different models of Dutch-style bikes and where to buy them.

Flat, compact and temperate, the Netherlands and Denmark have long been havens for bikers. In Amsterdam, 40% of commuters get to work by bike.
In Copenhagen, more than a third of workers pedal to their offices. But as concern about global warming intensifies -- the European Union is already under
emissions caps and tougher restrictions are expected -- the two cities are leading a fresh assault on car culture. A major thrust is a host of aggressive new measures designed to shift bike commuting into higher gear, including increased prison time for bike thieves and the construction of new parking facilities that can hold up to 10,000 bikes.

The rest of Europe is paying close attention. Officials from London, Munich and Zurich (plus a handful from the U.S.) have visited Amsterdam's transportation department for advice on developing bicycle-friendly
infrastructure and policies. Norway aims to raise bicycle traffic to at least 8% of all travel by 2015 -- double its current level -- while Sweden hopes to move from 12% to 16% by 2010. This summer, Paris will put thousands of low-cost rental bikes throughout the city to cut traffic, reduce pollution and improve

The city of Copenhagen plans to double its spending on biking infrastructure over the next three years, and Denmark is about to unveil a plan to increase spending on bike lanes on 2,000 kilometers, or 1,240 miles, of roads. Amsterdam is undertaking an ambitious capital-improvement program that includes building a 10,000-bike parking garage at the main train station -- construction is expected to start by the end of next year. The city is also
trying to boost public transportation usage, and plans to soon enforce stricter
car-parking fines and increase parking fees to discourage people from driving.

[Bike Image]
A Dutch "football" mom

Worried that immigrants might push car use up, both cities have started training programs to teach non-natives how to ride bikes and are stepping up bike training of children in schools. There are bike-only bridges under consideration and efforts to make intersections more rider-friendly by
putting in special mirrors.

The policy goal is to have bicycle trips replace many short car trips, which account for 6% of total emissions from cars, according to a document adopted last month by the European Economic and Social Committee, an organization of transportation ministers from EU member countries. Another report published this year by the Dutch Cyclists' Association found that if all trips shorter than 7.5 kilometers in the Netherlands currently made by car were
by bicycle, the country would reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions by 2.4 million tons. That's about one-eighth of the amount of emissions it would need to reduce
to meet the Kyoto Protocol.

Officials from some American cities have made pilgrimages to Amsterdam. But in the U.S., bike commuters face more challenges, including strong opposition from some small businesses, car owners and parking-garage owners to any proposals to remove parking, shrink driving lanes or reduce speed limits. Some argue that limiting car usage would hurt business. "We haven't made the tough decisions yet," says Sam Adams, city commissioner of Portland, Ore., who visited Amsterdam in 2005. There has been some movement. Last month, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a proposal to add a congestion charge on cars and increase the number of bicycle paths in the city. It would also require commercial buildings to have indoor parking facilities for bikes.

Even in Amsterdam, not everyone is pro-biking. Higher-end shops
have already moved out of the city center because of measures to decrease car
traffic, says Geert-Pieter Wagenmakers, an adviser to Amsterdam's Chamber of
Commerce, and now shops in the outer ring of the city are vulnerable. Bikes
parked all over the sidewalk are bad for business, he adds.

Still, the new measures in Amsterdam and Copenhagen add to an
infrastructure that has already made biking an integral part of life. People
haul groceries in saddle bags or on handlebars and tote their children in
multiple bike seats. Companies have indoor bike parking, changing rooms and
on-site bikes for employees to take to meetings. Subways have bike cars and
ramps next to the stairs.

Riding a bike for some has more cachet than driving a Porsche. Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende sometimes rides to work, as do lawyers, CEOs (Lars Rebien Sorensen, chief executive of Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, is famous for his on-bike persona) and members of
parliament, often with empty children's seats in back. Dutch Prince Maurits van
Oranje is often seen riding around town. "It's a good way to keep in touch with
people on the streets," says Tjeerd Herrema, deputy mayor of Amsterdam. Mr.
Herrema's car and driver still make the trip sometimes -- to chauffeur his bag
when he has too much work to carry.

[Traffic in Copenhagen]
Traffic in Copenhagen

Jolanda Engelhamp let her husband keep her car when they split up a few years ago because it was becoming too expensive to park. Now the 47-year-old takes her second-grade son to school on the back of her bike. (It's
a half-hour ride from home.) Outside the school in Amsterdam, harried moms drop
off children, checking backpacks and coats; men in suits pull up, with children's seats in back, steering while talking on their cellphones. It's a typical drop-off scene, only without cars.

For Khilma van der Klugt, a 38-year-old bookkeeper, biking is more about health and convenience than concern for the environment. Her two older children ride their own bikes on the 25-minute commute to school while she
ferries the four-year-old twins in a big box attached to the front of her bike. Biking gives her children exercise and fresh air in the morning, which helps them concentrate, she says. "It gets all their energy out." She owns a car, but she only uses it when the weather is really bad or she's feeling especially lazy. READ MORE HERE


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