Among his projections for the “City of the Future,” Bill Nye (a.k.a. “The Science Guy”) predicts that bicycles will predominate on future roads. Because streets built to accommodate cars and trucks frequently crack under the weight of such large, heavy vehicles, it would actually be more cost-effective not only to replace cars with bicycles, but also to tailor thoroughfares specifically for bicycles. Mr. Nye speaks of showers in offices for people who bicycle to work in extreme heat/humidity, tunnels to protect bicyclists from the elements, and louvers within those tunnels to provide riders traveling in either direction with a tail wind.
While bicycling in Utah is becoming easier with the addition of bicycle lanes and other improvements, these renovations are a long way off. However, that hasn’t prevented bicyclists in this or previous generations from enjoying the activity, as the following examples illustrate:
1. Helen Keller
Although Helen Keller was unable to ride a bicycle unaccompanied, she derived immense joy from riding a tandem bicycle. In her autobiography, she said of bicycling, “The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulses dance and my heart sing.” She also claimed that bicycling was a metaphor for toleration, which also requires a great deal of balance. Even without modern technology, Ms. Keller found bicycling exhilarating on both a physical and a metaphysical level.
2. John Lennon
The bespectacled Beatle turned civil rights activist recalled fond memories of the first bicycle he owned as a boy: “As a kid I had a dream—I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world.” John Lennon goes on to say that he would take his bicycle inside every night, even keeping it in his bed. As seen in a handful of endearing photos, John Lennon’s passion for bicycling endured into his adulthood.
3. Albert Einstein
It is said that Albert Einstein dreamed up his theory of relativity when he saw that the beam of light cast from his bicycle light moved at the same speed whether he was cruising or coasting. This has not been historically proven, but we do know that Einstein enjoyed riding, regardless of any insights it may or may not have given him into his field of study.
The joy of bicycling does not have to stop when a bicycle accident tarnishes fond memories with bad luck. Here in Utah, bicycles may be relatively uncommon; but this fact does nothing to diminish their rights. If a bicycle accident has dulled some of the luster of your experience, ample compensation with the help of experienced attorneys can bring back some of the shine: to consult with bicycle accident attorneys in Utah, call Christensen & Hymas at (801) 506-0800.
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