Fisher-Price has recently released a kid's exercise bike to help fight childhood obesity. Apparently, it's a plastic bike that connects to your television and encourages your kid to pedal along to interact with games. If this isn't a sad statement about the habits of American's, I'm not sure what would be much stronger. What ever happened to having kids go outside and play? My kids absolutely love playing outdoors and, if it weren't for those nagging parents that try to schedule meals, might well be happy spending the entire day outside.
A a slightly different note, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is renewing his push for a congestion pilot program. "The scheme calls for cars to pay $8 and trucks to pay $21 to enter Manhattan's most heavily traveled business district during work days, with the money going toward transportation improvements." They don't go into details about what transportation improvements they are talking about, but one can only hope it involves mass transit and tossing some money towards support bicycles. This type of scheme has been used in London for a number of years now and seems to be working out just fine. Opponents claim that the charges would place an unfair burden on the middle class. Huh? They could ride a train or choose to pay the daily rate. I can't believe it would be more expensive for someone to pay the costs associated with driving (gas, fuel, and maintenance) than it would be to purchase a monthly train pass. I'd certainly like to see more people hop on their bikes, but I'd settle for mass transit at the moment. A use tax should help ease congestion, which will certainly make it nicer for cyclists.