Earlier this month I wrote a letter to the Post in response to an article about the lack of auto parking at the new Tysons Silver Line stations. I noted there is bike parking at each station, and that many people could bike there. The Post article mentioned John Lucas who lives near Tysons but prefers to drive, stating that "There are not alternate forms of transportation that are reliable."
Wright pointed out that this is wrong. There are other forms that are reliable like walking and especially biking. Lucas wrote back in to point out that what he really meant was that he didn't want an alternate form, he wants parking for his car.
I would be ill-advised to risk traveling down busy Leesburg Pike to Tysons in anything less than my wonderful, safe, climate-controlled, comfortable cocoon — just like other automobile commuters are inclined to do.
FABB notes that the bicycle infranstructure there is poor, though it is mean to improve.
The only safe option for most cyclists is to take a very circuitous route to the south that uses neighborhood streets, past Wolf Trap, to the Ashgrove Trail behind the Sheraton and new Walmart near the Spring Hill Metrorail station. That route ads about a mile to the trip, not a great distance for any cyclist but it's definitely not a convenient, direct route.
Lucas then goes on a mini-tirade about carbon-powered transport and how he sees it as a race to the bottom. If we don't continue to burn carbon - he surmises - without regard for the environment, the rest of the world will; and we'll be left at a competitive disadvantage. I keep saying the same thing about our draconian child labor laws, but no one seems to listen.
While much of the rest of the globe races to embrace individual carbon-powered transport, we race to handicap our economy through forced carbon energy denial. The atmosphere we seek to protect is the same one being polluted by the rest of the world, which will gladly consume any energy we eschew. Our ability to drive anywhere is a blessing that most fail to appreciate, especially those coercive utopians who seek to remold our society into something it will never be.
It's nice to ride your bike and know that you're doing something that is just a little bit good for society, but I've met few cyclists who list it as the #1 reason.