Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Horrigan: Want to Be the St. Lis Bicycle Czar? Take This Quiz

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Horrigan: Want to Be the St. Lis Bicycle Czar? Take This Quiz

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Mayor Francis Slay has decided that St. Louis needs to hire a bicycle czar. Frankly, I would have hired another police officer, one of those TV cops who solves every murder he investigates, but maybe that's unrealistic.

The argument for hiring a bike czar is that bicycling is popular among young people, and the city wants to appeal to young people. Now that there's an IKEA store set to open, the city is zeroing in on young people, gay people, dog-owners and bicyclists. If you are a young gay person in a tech field who owns a dog and rides a bike, you can probably get tax incentives.

The job opening for bike czar is posted on the city's website. The actual title is "Bike-Pedestrian Coordinator." Lest you think this is some sort of Mickey Mouse deal, the application says, "This is a professional traffic engineering position in which the incumbent will coordinate bicycle and pedestrian projects."

It requires a bachelor's degree in urban planning, transportation planning, traffic or civil engineering or a directly related field. Also five years experience in transportation planning, land use planning, and urban planning and design. The salary range is $47,814 to $73,788.

Sadly, this leaves me out. Too bad, because I was able to obtain a secret copy of the test that will be administered. I might as well disclose it here:

1. Bicycles are way better than cars because:

a. They don't pollute.

b. They make you healthy.

c. They confer a higher degree of moral purity on the operator.

d. All of the above.

2. When countering skeptics, the most effective argument a bike czar can make is:

a. "Look at Denmark."

b. "We should strive to be Copenhagen."

c. "Denmark, Denmark, Denmark."

d. "If St. Louis was spelled St. Lis, with one of those slash-Os like they have in Danish, we'd be much cooler."

3. A bicyclist who rides on a sidewalk in the opposite direction of street traffic is:

a. Asking for trouble because drivers at intersections aren't expecting to see him. …

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