vendredi 11 mars 2005

Oxford politics - Animals vs bikers rights

There are many bikers in Oxford. In this mostly flat city, using a bike is the quickest and cheapest way to go from one point to another. Yet, the City Council does not seem eager to meet bikers needs. There are not enough bikes racks, bikes lanes do not form a coherent system. That City officials do not care about bikers is quite logical: a majority of them are students who are not permanent residents and do not vote in the city.
By contrast, animal rights activists are much more powerful and for several months now, they have been able to stop the building of a new research center (in which they claim animals experiments were to take place).

As Lenin would put it: if you want to change things, you do not need to be many, but well organized and determined.

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