You Know What’s Communist? Sharing a Bike

Wow, I’ve read a lot of dumb stuff in my day but this screed from Charles Hurt in the Moonie Times about how bikeshare programs are communist truly is the dumbest thing I have ever read. Either that or it’s the most accomplished piece of satire ever written.

Unlike Sarah Palin or Tina Fey, or whoever it was, I really can see Russia from my front porch. Or, at least, I can see broken-down socialism.

That is because across the street from my house on Capitol Hill is a loud, clanging “Capital Bikeshare” docking station. It is one of the locking ports for those fat, red communal bicycles you see peddled all over town by commune enthusiasts.


Having people pedal around on these bikes, they say, means fewer people riding pollution-emitting city buses and fewer cars clogging the roads. And healthy riders means less of a burden on socialized medicine. These people get very excited talking about all the upsides.

Oh, and the smugness with which these pedaling heroes pump away! I have seen proud drivers of Priuses look away in shame as they ease by in their bio-electric and sometimes spontaneously combustible vehicles.

This communal bike program is a success from their tingling toes through their throbbing hearts all the way to bright, gleaming faces. It makes them feel so good!

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3 Responses to You Know What’s Communist? Sharing a Bike

  1. pt dismal says:

    never ceases to amaze that people get so worked up about biking. everything listed here is absolutely true (fewer cars, less pollution, healthier people), but advocate bike-riding (let alone bike sharing) and people get all pissy.

    bike rights!


  2. Montreal has this program, also real bike lanes with two-way traffic of its own, a curb. I am not sure how it all works, but it is very practical. Commuters, not jocks.
    I remember the bike lanes in Madison and I think Boulder.
    Whatcha gonna do?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Some people just have to complain and bike sharing just happened to be in the forefront for them.

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