Home > Bike Types > Commuter

Politico Says Bicycles are Recreation, Not Transportation, Puts Head Back in Sand

1 Comment
Support us! Bikerumor may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More

Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook (R – Braddock District, Virginia) recently said the following during a transportation committee meeting:

“I don’t believe a bicycle is a transportation device. I think it’s a recreation device. The big problem is people don’t want to ride their bike in the rain or get sweaty before work.”

Perhaps Mr. Cook should have actually polled people prior to speaking, or just used common sense and not his personal opinion on the matter. According to the League of American Bicyclists, the share of all trips by bicycle is up 25% since 2001, and reports abound about increased bicycle commuting in most major cities.  Why would NYC bother to add more than 200 miles of bike lanes over the past three years if no one wanted to commute?

Or, perhaps Mr. Cook could’ve held his ridiculous comment until after one of the largest bicycle shows (NAHBS) brings all sorts of tourism dollars into the state this weekend.

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1 Comment
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
14 years ago

Guess he forgot to read the commuting section on his county’s website:


Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.