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Thursday, August 06, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Bike ban: Culture war on the county road

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

The "Citizens for Safety Coalition of Iowa" (sic) (CSCI) effort to ban
bikes from Iowa's rural roads is about more than the accidents and the
liability costs. It's an interesting bank shot in the culture war.
Sure, there are legitimate worries about bike vs. car safety. Though
as a biker who's been hit (just a bruise), drivers need to worry more
about liability while bikers have to worry about death. But that's not
why this is being pushed right now. Bikes are a cultural symbol with a
lot of connotations. And it's the connotations that are unpopular with
older rural voters--also not coincidentally one of the few remaining
groups that leans Republican. This culture war rhetoric goes unspoken
in the "Safety Coalition" rhetoric.

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