Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
—Charles M. Schulz
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
—John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
If I can bicycle, I bicycle.
Bicycling unites physical harmony coupled with emotional bliss to create a sense of spiritual perfection that combines one’s body, mind and spirit into a single moving entity. Bicycling allows a person to mesh with the sun, sky and road as if nothing else mattered in the world. In fact, all your worries, cares and troubles vanish in the rear view mirror while you bicycle along the byways of the world: you pedal as one with the universe.
The more I think about our US domestic transportation problem from this vantage point [China] the more I see an increased role for the bicycle in American life. I am convinced after riding bikes an enormous amount here in China, that it is a sensible, economical, clean form of transportation and makes enormous good sense.
—George Bush, US Liaison Office, Beijing, China, 1975
We can tie this country together with threads of green that everywhere grant us access to the natural world.
—President Reagan’s Commission on American Outdoors, Americans and the Outdoors, 1987