Hi all, happy World Cycling Day! This is the day we need to remind us of that emission free vehicle in these days of fossil fuel emissions making a sterling contribution to global warming. What a world it would be if everyone uses bicycle instead of cars or bikes. True petrol stations will shut down and Arab ||Sheikhs will get down from their Rolls Roy and climb on to camelss and the environment will heave a sigh of relief. This is an impossible scenario of course. Motorized vehicles can cover longer distances in shorter times than bicycles. And if you can cover hundreds of kilometers on bicycles, you deserve to win the Tour de France. So motorized vehicles are here to stay The most optimistic picture is an ideal world where everyone uses bicycles for not too long distances saving on fuel and getting exercise and other vehicles run on non-fossil sustainable fuel. Funny I am pontificating on the virtues the two wheeler driven by pedals though I should be the last person to do so. I am a black sheep in the family of great cyclists. My father used to pedal all the way to office brushing aside advice that he should get a bike. He never got into public transport u8ntil he got a heart attack. My wife and daughter are good at pedaling too. But , I as I said, am a black sheep suffering from what could be described d as Cyclophobia fear of cycles. Initially I was not afraid when my dad decided that his fat kid ("healthy" kid according to my mom) needed some exercise. And he zeroed in on cycling. A guy working under dad in his office was my trainer. Initially , he held on to the cycle as I held the handle bar and pedaled slowly. But one not so fine day. I became confident to the point of being suicidal and went on the fast track pedalling furiously as my instructor's screams were held in a distance as he yelled me to stop, To my bad luck the break went on a strike and I rrammed the vehicle into a PYT carrying a Pomeranian and all four of us (Including the bicycle) fell into an open drain which luckily was dry. The good news was the plump PYT cushioned my fall. And the bad news was a very angry Pom was trying to get my pound of flesh Shylock-like. Luckily. my instructor reached the spot running and for once my dad agreed with me that I should stay miles away from bicycles for the benefit of both yours truly and the vehicles. Now I prefer cars (driven by wife or daughter. I am pretty bad with anything on wheels) But that does not mean I can't wax eloquent about the virtues of bicycles. Actually cycling and recycling are the best way to fight climate change and to keep the environment clean. Don;t dump non-biodegradable material. Recycle them and keep cycling. To remain fiut and ensure that the air is od breathable quality. But for me .... Hey where's the car? will someone drive me where I want to go?