Carlton Reid at BikeBiz reports on a bike distributor who is petitioning the Prime Minister to reduce the import duty on bicycles in an attempt to sell more bikes help tackle this country’s childhood obesity issues, its worsening traffic congestion, the threat it faces from global warming and to exercise its aging population.

Carlton Reid reports on Trek USA president John Burke’s address to industry leaders at the Taipei Cycle trade show here.

[Burke] called the bicycle “the perfect product at the perfect time.” And bike companies would sell more of them if there were more places for folks to ride them.

“The number one way to grow the business – and to have an impact on society, health, environment and congestion – is to create a bicycle-friendly world,” said Burke.

According to Burke, manufacturers currently spend 3.9% of revenue on marketing, 1.6% on research and development but only 0.1% on advocacy.

Spending more on bicycle advocates and political lobby groups will make more cities more bicycle friendly.

People will feel comfortable and safe about riding their bikes if bicycles are more fully integrated into their city’s transportation network.

Carlton Reid posted this 23 minute video of John Burke’s excellent presentation on YouTube.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfRiFylmiS0]

You will see why John Burke has been compared to Al Gore.

I’m glad we don’t have political advertising like this in the UK.

And it’s coming from both sides:

Amongst all this, Miami Herald’s Carl Hiaasen reminds voters what’s important in his piece What to recall, what to forget on Election Day posted yesterday.

While people are getting caught up in the issues surrounding illegal immigration, gay marriages, income taxes and John Kerry, they are forgetting about Iraq and what it is costing in both lives and dollars.

What dismays me most is the conclusion from the National Intelligence Estimate: the occupation of Iraq has galvanized Islamic radicals and actually increased the global threat of terrorism. Well done everybody.

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