His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-03-11 15:23:13 UTC
remarkable. She was killed on her bicycle by a bus on March 2 on Sao
Paulo's most famous street, Avenida Paulista.
But her death -- one of a reported five fatal road accidents involving
cyclists in Brazil the same day -- sparked spontaneous protests in
some two dozen cities across the country, and a fierce national
Dias, a biologist and researcher at the Sirio Libanes hospital in Sao
Paulo, had been a cycling activist. Her death came just three years
after another activist, Marcia Prado, was killed at almost the same
spot. This time, hundreds of cyclists blocked Avenida Paulista in
response and across the country -- in cities as far apart as Manaus,
Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro -- cyclists threw themselves on the
ground to symbolize the deaths, lit candles and sang songs."
Hey, there's no place for a man or woman to ride a bike in the the so
called "Civilized Western World." Our commitment to the RAT RACE is
unquestionable. Maybe in Africa they have more pity for the poor guy
on a bike. They want bicycles.
This sounds like the American way of life to me:
"Sao Paulo is, without doubt, a city of horrendous traffic and
pollution. During rush hour, it can take hours to cross town. Many
workers spend up to four hours a day commuting -- in their cars, on
overcrowded buses or on the city's pitifully few metro lines. Many
Paulistanos drive to the gym to work out, or to the park to run -- or
to ride bikes."