2008 Pedal vs. Metal Race
Knoxville, TN, "Smart Trips" hosts an annual pedal vs. metal race each year to promote alternatives to driving alone. It involves two "pre-selected" bicyclists and two "pre-selected" motorists who must complete three errands without violating any traffic laws. The first to complete these secret errands are the winners . . . and the bicyclists win again! ALWAYS, hum . . .
Why . . . because mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles were banned from competing.
I tried to enter my moped in the race as an alternative means to driving a car ALONE, but I was told that mopeds and others aka scooters, and motorcycles are heavy "polluters", in fact we are worse than the biggest SUVs. Additionally, I was also told that I wasn't qualified to race, whatever that means? Finally, they directed me to the EPAs site on our "two-wheeled" pollution. Lame.
What ever happened to competition?
Disclaimer: I have nothing against bicycles, in fact I use mine to commute . . . at times.