Comment 32875

By arienc (registered) | Posted August 17, 2009 at 23:26:28

Why are they in their cars if they could all choose to use the roads to cycle around town? Is the government forcing them to buy cars?

A stupid question deserves an equally stupid answer. In actual fact, in case you haven't been reading the news lately, the government IS forcing all of us to buy cars...or at least picking up some of the tab on behalf of those who do.

It's certainly not a question of enjoyment...an interesting snippet from Stats Canada shows Canadians attitudes toward commuting.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/20...

"Cyclists are more likely to enjoy commuting

Very few workers travel to work by bicycle. According to 2001 Census data, about 1% of commuters rode a bicycle to work (the largest proportion was 4.9% in Victoria, British Columbia). Cyclists differ from other workers not only because of their small numbers, but also because they are much more likely to enjoy commuting to work. The predicted probability that a worker commuting to work by bicycle would like the activity was 59%, compared with only 37% for people who used their cars to get to work (Model 2). Workers who walked to work were also more likely to enjoy commuting, with a predicted probability of 46%."

It seems to me is that is what's driving all of this anti-cycling propaganda I've been seeing all over the local media these days...a green tinge of jealousy.

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