The revelation that Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, a green transportation supporter, cannot ride a bicycle is the talk of Quebec media today.
“I don’t ride a bike,” May told Dandyhorse, a Canadian magazine for cyclists, in August. “I grew up on rural roads, where my mother decided it would be unsafe to ride bicycles.”
The admission is seen as an embarrassing one by some in the media. Le Journal de Montreal and La Presse both ran articles quoting May saying it was a “catastrophe” for a leader of the country’s environmentally focused federal party to be a non-cyclist.
But May — who was not immediately available for comment — is not alone in her inability to get around on two wheels.
Six per cent of Americans don’t know how to ride a bike, according to a survey of about 1,200 U.S. adults done by YouGov in 2013. Cities across Canada offer bike riding and bike safety classes for adults, including both those who never learned to ride at all and others who want to know how to rideRead More »from Green Party leader not the only one who can’t ride a bike