You know that cute girl you see on your way to work, breezing by you on her bike, effortlessly weaving in and out of traffic, her ponytail flipping out the back of her helmet? The girl that passes by you as you’re stuck bumper to bumper at a stoplight, only to arrive at your usual $16 per day parking lot to find it already full?
That girl’s not only in the office before you, in better shape than you, and has more pocket change than you, but she’s also more fashionable than you.
Sure, you could get bitter- or you could just hop on your bike. Glamor girls everywhere are hitting the pavement on bicycles- and looking great doing it. Celebs like Naomi Watts and Big Love‘s Chloe Sevigny have been spotted riding their bikes around NYC, and the New York Observer‘s Gillian Reagan points out what we’ve known all along: Exceptionally good looking women are riding bikes.
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has long been a biking beauty- she told the Daily News a couple of years ago that she goes to work every day on her bike, because, as she says, it’s “faster than a car, and cheaper”.
Funny, then, that U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has called bike paths “not really transportation”, and has let it slip that she thinks that the whopping 1.5 percent of the gas tax that goes to bike trails and walking paths are stealing money from roads and bridges- you know, real transportation.
Personally, Mary, I’d suggest that you follow the lead of these green queens, pull your 10-speed out of storage, and hit the streets!