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Quotes

“A citizen on a $20 bicycle is just as important as one in a $20,000 car” http://bikingtoronto.blogspot.com

“Adding lanes to solve traffic congestion is like loosening your belt to solve obesity.” (Author unknown)

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of mankind” – H.G. Wells

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride” – US President John F. Kennedy

“**** **** ****” – US President George W. Bush (Gleneagles 2005)

“Pavements are for pedestrians, roads are for cars, canals are for bicycles” Jeremy Hardy (comedian), Radio 4, September 2006

Quotes below from BikeHouston.org

Messengers and mountain bikers share a common chromosome.
— James Bethea

Improving cyclists’ behavior and safety requires changing national attitudes. The American attitude encourages, practically requires, incompetent and dangerous behavior by cyclists and encourages dangerous behavior by motorists. The few American competent cyclists know and behave better. Cyclists in other nations behave in accordance with their national attitudes, and in some nations they behave competently and safely. If they can, why can’t we?
— John Forester, Cycling Transportation Engineer

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia
— H.G. Wells

Eat before you are hungry. Drink before you are thirsty. Rest before you are tired. Cover up before you are cold. Peel off before you are hot. Don’t drink or smoke on tour. Never ride just to prove yourself.
— Paul de Vivie, aka Velocio

A road rider who is unpracticed is merely an athlete on a bike, half-educated, a pedaler- not a complete cyclist.
— Maynard Hershon, cycling journalist

Picture its bare-bones beauty. The delicate balance of power and elegance you use to make it fly. The tires singing on pavement, chain purring on the sprockets, the seamless paceline hurtling you and your friends home at 25 mph. Beats there a heart so hard that it can’t love a road bike?
— Scott Martin

Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There is something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym.
— Bill Nye, scientist and producer of public TV science programs

We must never accept being denied the use of the roadway, and we must never accept facilities that prevent the roadway from being improved for cycling. In every case that one can think of, cycling on a properly-designed roadway with adequate width for the traffic it carries, is better for cyclists than any other system.
— John Forester, Author of Effective Cycling

A hill – that’s an overpass with nothing under it, for those of you from Houston.
— Fred Meredith, BikeEd Instructor

Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.
— Mark Twain

She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.
— Frances E. Willard, How I Learned To Ride The Bicycle, 1895

Put me back on my bike.
— Tom Simpson’s last words, in the 1967 Tour de France after he fell from his bike

If you ride your bike, you might get hurt, you might become impotent, and, hell, you might even die. What to do? Ride your bike anyway.
— Zapata Espinosa

I love the bicycle. I always have. I can think of no sincere, decent human being, male or female, young or old, saintly or sinful, who can resist the bicycle.
— William Saroyan

The bicycle should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.
— Christopher Morley, novelist, and writer of The Romany Stain

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
— Arthur Conan Doyle, in an 1896 article for Scientific American

I suppose that was what attracted me to the bicycle right from the start. It is not so much a way of getting somewhere as it is a setting for randomness; it makes every journey an unorganized tour.
— Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles, Chapter 5

When I’m on my bike I forget about things like age. I just have fun.
— Kathy Sessler

The bicycle gives you individualism which is not only rugged but smooth and purring underneath, as witness the sound of rubber tires on damp streets.
— Henry beetle Hough, Singing in the Morning

You’ve got to have fun while you’re fighting for freedom. For one thing, we don’t always win and it might get to be the only fun we’ll ever have. And secondly it does keep you from giving in to either despair or insanity.
— Molly Ivins

After all, the more that people are biking, the more influence cyclists will have on improving conditions, and the more likely there will be other American Tour de France champions.
— Lance Armstrong, endorsing the League of American Bicyclists

I love the bicycle. I always have. I can think of no sincere, decent human being, male or female, young or old, saintly or sinful, who can resist the bicycle.
— William Saroyan

I’ve seen mountain bikes transform people — not just their bodies but their way of thinking. Their spirit.
— Charlie Cunningham

You can’t mountain bike and think about dinner or divorce or the bills. You need to be one big sensory receptor if your’e going to stay within the margins of control. You need to be like an animal. They don’t think about bills.
— Jacquie Phelan

When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart.
— Diane Ackerman

Cycling is like church—many attend, but few understand.
— Jim Burlant

Cyclists are open-minded. Cyclists are egalitarian. Cyclists share a fellowhip of the wheel that can overcome all political, social, racial and economic barriers. Except for recumbents.
— Ted Costantino, cycling journalist

The bicycle seduces our basic nature by making walking exciting. It lets us take 10-foot strides at 160 paces a minute. That’s 20 miles an hour, instead of 4 or 5… It is not only how fast you go — cars are faster and jet planes faster still. But jet-plane travel is frustrating boredom — at least the car gives the pictorial illusion of travel. Cycling does it all — you have the complete satisfaction of arriving because your mind has chosen the path and steered you over it; your eyes have seen it; your muscles have felt it; your breathing, circulatory and digestive systems have all done their natural functions better than ever, and every part of your being knows you have traveled and arrived.

— John Forester, Effective Cycling Chapter 22

Mountain biking helps people become environmentalists. A mountain bike is a vehicle to appreciate the backcountry.
— Ned Overend

Bicycles have no walls.
— Paul Cornish

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

What do you call a cyclist who doesn’t wear a helmet? An organ donor.
— David Perry

Cycling is no longer a fringe mode of transportation and recreation.
— Houston Chronicle Editorial Board, April 9, 2003

We will not be a city of wealth unless we can attract those who have the option to go elsewhere.
— Rice University Professor Dr. Stephan Klineburg at the Blueprint Houston Leaders Conference, Feb 200

Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers- those people ride a bike.
— Wolfgang Sachs, For the Love of the Automobile

If you ride your bike, you might get hurt, you might become impotent, and, hell, you might even die. What to do? Ride your bike anyway.
— Zapata Espinosa

Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short, as you feel. But ride.
— Eddy Merckx

Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc…and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons.
— Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling
— James E. Starrs

People do not ‘drive’ cars, they steer them. People do not ‘ride’ bicycles, they drive them.
— A. N. Mouse

Bicycling is human scale- a living, breathing alternative to the city’s domination by motor vehicles. There is magic in blending with traffic, feeling the wind in one’s face, the sheer fact of traversing the city under one’s own power.
— Charles Komanoff, cycling advocate

It’s ironic, I used to ride my bike to make a living. Now I just want to live so that I can ride.
— Lance Armstrong, on fighting cancer

The spirit of mountain biking is cool. I hope racing never dominates it.
— Susan DeMattei

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.
— Ernest Hemingway

One of my favorite things about biking (vs driving):When I used to drive, I always drove with my doors locked…I would play my stereo, and mostly avoid any contact with other drivers on the road (just stayed in my gas-guzzling box..) But now, I ride my bike and oddly enough, I’m less afraid of all those things..And when I am at a stoplight and another cyclist is also there, I usually know their name by the time the light turns green! Its like all these walls come down and although it seems more dangerous than being in a car, I am less afraid!
— Joni Mehler, 1995

Somehow we need to change the way risk is measured in this country. We talk about the risk pedestrians, cyclists and motorists accept from others, but we rarely talk about the risk they present to others (unless the subjects of DUI, red light running, or speeding come up). Even a relatively safe motorist presents far more risk to others than a pedestrian or cyclist does. If we start presenting it that way people might start to catch on that more cycling and walking means safer streets. Most simply put: motorists kill 40,000+ a year; cyclists might kill one or two walkers a year; pedestrians kill none.
— Mighk Wilson Bicycle/Pedestrian Planner, Orlando, FL

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.
— Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills

How can I convey the perfection of my comfort on the bicycle, the completeness of my union with her, the sweet responses she gave me at every particle of her frame? I felt that I had known her for many years and that she had known me and that we understood each other utterly.
— Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman

Cars are all right on occasion, but they are not moments of grace, as bicycles are.
— colman McCarthy

Never use your face as a brake pad.
— Jake Watson

When you train better, you become a better rider. You have to push yourself to the limit — that’s what makes the top riders. Some people can’t do it, but that’s what makes the good ones and the great ones.
— Sean Kelly

Bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.
— Chip Brown, “A Bike and a Prayer”

I thought of that while riding my bicycle.
— Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity

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‘Bike’

“I’ve got a bike,
You can ride it if you like
It’s got a basket, a bell that rings
And things to make it look good
I’d give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it ”

Syd Barrett – co-founder of Pink Floyd – (album Piper at the Gates of Dawn) 1967

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