The urban cycling boom: Sometimes too big, sometimes too small
Still, the real story in Elizabethton is what isn’t said, which is that it’s widely agreed upon by the authorities in Elizabethton that it's acceptable that streets near a school are unsafe for cycling. There’s a kind of shrugging quality to the officials’ comments in this story, as if it would be foolish to even question whether the fault lay not in Tyron’s daughter’s bike skills but in the total conquest of the town’s streets by the automobile. The local police chief notes there are stretches of road near the girl’s school with no sidewalk. But hey, what are you gonna do? Same as it ever was, like the song says. Right?