The Seattle Bike Blog post from 2013 titled State lawmaker defends bike tax, says bicycling is not good for the environment is simultaneously hilarious and scary.
Hilarious because Representative Ed Orcuttsuggests bike riding is not environmentally friendly because the activity causes cyclists to have “an increased heart rate and respiration.”
“You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car,” he said. However, he said he had not “done any analysis” of the difference in CO2 from a person on a bike compared to the engine of a car
Scary because this is a politician, like many others across the globe who are in an influential position and often have the power to set policy and make or influence laws.
The hilarity creates interest, but cycling advocacy groupes need to publicly challenge the politicians and educate the public.