Friday, May 30, 2008

Bicycling and the Post

Two days, two more articles about cycling in the Washington Post. Probably one reason that bicycle racing has not received coverage recently was due to pervasive drug doping that has plagued the sport for many years. The problem reached a peak last year when top riders Vinokourov, Rasmussen, and Moreni were all implicated in doping schemes. The sport is trying to clean up it's image and the article in yesterday's paper, Cycling's Drug Test: After Years of Doping Controversies, the Tarnished Sport Knows It Has to Come Clean or Become Obsolete, summarized efforts underway to rid the sport of illegal drugs.

Today's article on Mayor Fenty and his passion for cycling, Fenty's Fitness for Office: The Discipline That D.C. Mayor Brings to Cycling, Running Also Marks Politics, Some Say, is much more upbeat. The mayor understands the sport and has first hand experience cycling on the city's streets, which is one reason why the city has the nation's first bike sharing program and has been adding bike lanes and bike racks throughout the city.

Actually, the bike sharing program and the bike plan both pre-date Fenty. We have Dan Tangherlini to thank for those (the bike lanes come out of the bike plan). But Fenty was smart enough to hire Dan from Metro.
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