People said, 'Build this [Eliza Furnace] Trail and no one will come' …Now commuters use it every day and families come on weekends to blade and bike and walk.
—Tom Murphy, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA
In down times I do things like go for a long bike ride or run. The other thing I'm doing in that quiet time is just observing.
I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it's not going to be satisfying.
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
Let us bequeath our children more than the gadgets that surround us. If bicycling can be restored to the daily life of all Americans, it can be a vital step toward rebuilding health and vigor in all of us.
—Dr. Paul Dudley White, US cardiologist, 1886—1973
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