NIH sets national example of discouraging biking to work

I am truly shocked by the news that the National Institute of Health one of the areas best examples of promoting biking to work as well as being one of this nations authorities on health issues has done a 180 degree turn and has set forth policies that not only discourage cycling to work but they also endanger the safety of those who do choose to ride their bike to work against these new obstacles and delays. And it seems that their primary motivation for this is to make it even easier for those poor people who have to pollute the environment and live an inactive lifestyle not to be inconvenienced in the slightest by health nuts. This is so wrong! I am also appalled by

Greetings Biking Advocates!

As I have communicated with you over the past week, I have been amazed at the outrage, anger and concern regarding the dangerous NIH Perimeter Security System policy we face and it's lack of regard for bicycle commuters. In general, the broader biking community is just as outraged as NIH Bike Commuters are with a security protocol that forces cyclists off the roads and onto sidewalks, through turnstiles and gates designed for pedestrians. Bicycle Commuters working at other Federal Institutions such as the EPA are equally shocked to learn that the Federal Government Institution devoted to Understanding and Improving the Health of the American Citizenry, is actively installing impediments to Bicycle Commuting and producing unnecessarily dangerous commuting conditions specifically for those employees who try to utilize non-motorized modes of transportation. so....

Please join us at a "Bikes are Vehicles, Too" rally here on the NIH campus perimeter, Monday, August 29, during the morning commute (6:30-10:30 am).

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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Well to be fair, I think it a legitimate concern how to facilitate how to get a lot of people through a limited number of openings. Well you could adopt a policy that normal people must use the entrance with the shortest line, but that would just sound silly. So how about a policy for the non-normal people to use a longer line? It just might work if the non-normals are cyclists. --- . . .o . . /L =()>()

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Your discussion puts NIH in sharp contrast with EPA and--I suspect--most of the federal government in DC. Bikes go in the same gates as cars, and our regular electronic passes--not our weight--opens the gate. The obvious question: Is there a federal policy on bike commuting to federal installations? If not, maybe there needs to be one; if so, it clearly needs some modification. Why does NIH need to be so novel. Is this so that they can have alot of unmanned entry points? If there is a guard it makes no sense not to let bikes come in--but that seems quite odd, unguarded entry points are never very secure. - Jim Titus --- . . .o . . /L =()>()