In 1897 an 8-year-old girl, Virginia O’Hanlon, wrote to a New York City newspaper, The Sun, to ask whether there really was a Santa Claus. They assured her that there was. And not only did Santa Claus exist for Virginia, but he was a very smart Santa Claus, with the good sense to give Virginia the priceless gift of a bicycle.
Veteran’s Day, aka Remembrance Day – World War 1 was the war to end all wars, which unfortunately did not end all wars. Bikes were in the thick of World War I from Day 1. How strange to imagine a world where the soldiers were on bikes, rather than fighter jets or tanks. Read about the forgotten role of bikes in war in this post.
History shows us cyclists trying to get a safe share of the roads from cars in nothing new or extraordinary – this is a fight that has been going of for a hundred years. Previously, the roads belonged to people, horses and bikes. They were furious when motor cars started to threaten their safety and their businesses. Now that some cyclists and pedestrians are trying to take back parts of the streets, motorists are threatened and angry! #ReplaceBikewithCar