About half a mile -- excuse me, about one kilometer -- north of my house is the town of Santa Monica. Or, as we like to call it, the People's Republic of Santa Monica.
Pretty much every left-wing scheme -- from rent control to welcoming the homeless -- has been tried there, and (surprise!) foundered on the rocky shores of reality.
Now, as liberalism crashes down around itself, it toots out its sad little report, which is this: free bikes! From grand plans for comparable worth wages and all-green building zones to this, from the LA Times:
With the nation's largest bike-parking facility in one of the country's most traffic-clogged areas, Santa Monica officials hope that five loaner bicycles bought for just $3,500 can accelerate a national trend.
Biking in the Los Angeles area has been gaining momentum as evidenced by the estimated 100,000 participants in CicLAvia two weeks ago. Bike-share service provider Bike Nation also plans to launch a $16-million program in Los Angeles during the first quarter of 2013. The firm's goal is to add up to 400 bike stations and 4,000 bicycles around the city for members to rent and return at any station, a company spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the number of people taking two wheels to work is on the rise across the country. The League of American Bicyclists studied the 38 largest bicycle-friendly communities and found a 77% increase in bike commuters between 2000 and 2010. During the same period, researchers saw a 39% increase in bike commuting across the country.
"It's absolutely a chain reaction," said league spokeswoman Carolyn Szczepanski. "People see their neighbors riding, they see their co-workers riding, and it's the realization that 'If that person can do it, I can do it too.'"
The city bought five bikes, see, and they lend them out to folks to "try" bike riding to work. And the theory is, from those five bikes mighty social movements grow.
That's what liberalism is reduced to.