August 18, 2010
Our friends over at bike trade magazine Bike Europe have just reported that a US politician is viewing the popularity and proliferation of Paris-style bike hire schemes as a sneaky way for Europe to rein in American cities with its underhand policies to, er, get people riding bikes.
Maes said about the Denver bike hire scheme: “At first, I thought, ‘Gosh, … what’s wrong with people parking their cars and riding their bikes?’ But if you do your homework and research, you realize ICLEI is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty. This is bigger than it looks like on the surface, and it could threaten our personal freedoms.”
ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), of which Denver and 15 other Colorado cities, as well as over 1,200 cities across the US and the world — is a member) is an international organization that works closely with the United Nations and which seeks to promote sustainable development among local councils worldwide and which has 1,200 member communities around the globe, half of them in the United States. ICLEI is headed by Konrad Otto-Zimmermann who also initiated the Global Alliance for Eco-Mobility; the association that seeks membership of bike companies in order to promote the use of bicycles further in cities.
Ahh, bless ’em…
The full story can be found here: http://www.bike-eu.com