Monday, August 17, 2015

The Amish on bikes: a looming threat to America?

There are many issues facing the country and now we learn there is another one. An Amish bishop has decreed that the Amish can now ride bikes. Now adults who have never ridden a bike have to learn how. Or maybe the kids can learn and then teach the parents. They'll figure it out; the Amish are a resourceful bunch. 

In the meantime there is going to be an adjustment period with the non-Amish community. Read how the people of Kentucky are dealing with this. Here is an excerpt from the article:   
     "There are a lot of them out there, hundreds of them," said Daviess County Chief Deputy Gary Allison.
     "That lack of experience, that a lot of people put together riding bikes as kids, is something they don't have and that adds to the danger."
     "I don't know exactly how many bikes we have now, but I know it is quite a few," added Gabhart [Daviess County Commissioner Nathan Gabhart].
     "I believe we have around 10,000 Amish in the county. That's the last figure I heard, so the bicycles are rampant out there and the bicycle techniques are perhaps less than desirable. It just seems like there is a safety issue."