The jaw-dropping quote that makes up the title of this post was uttered by Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook, R-Braddock during a transportation committee meeting.
"I think it's a recreation device. The big problem is people don't want to ride their bike in the rain or get sweaty before work."
Cook categorized bike trails as little more than a weekend diversion, vexing fellow supervisors who have pushed for more bike access.
Well, I don't want to ride in the rain, that part is true. But most people don't want to drive in bumber-to-bumper traffic, but for some reason they still do. The key thing is that people WILL ride in the rain and WILL get sweaty before work. That a bike is a transportation device is not something you believe in, it's a fact. It's a pretty ignorant statement. Were it not spoken by an elected official who serves on the transportation committee of a county that is larger in population than several states, it would be funny. It's really just shockingly stupid.
Bruce Wright of FABB adds
Earlier Supervisor Herrity (R-Springfield District) stated that the county should eliminate the bicycle coordinator position. While we think these are minority opinions among the Board, which implemented the Comprehensive Bicycle Initiative in 2006, cyclists may need to gear up to fight for the bicycle coordinator position in the county budget which will be announced on Tuesday. I plan to attend that meeting (earlier in the meeting I'll be among a group of citizens receiving recognition for serving on the Tysons Task Force for nearly 5 years) and will report afterward.
You can write to Supervisor Cook to let him know that you use bikes for transportation.