It can be unbelievable what the Obama Administration spends money on.
Now the Administration, through the National Science Foundation (NSF), has spent $300,000 studying how humans ride bikes. According to the NSF, the study seeks to “improve the fundamental understanding of how humans interact with bicycles.”
The study, entitled “Human Control of Bicycle Dynamics with Experimental Validation and Implications for Bike Handling and Design”, granted the $300,000 to Mont Hubbard of UC-Davis and Ronald Hess, the two investigators on the project.
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The study unveiled the “revelation” that bikes are different from automobiles and aircraft because the mass of the rider plays a predominant role. As the study says:
“The bicycle and human rider is distinct from aircraft and automobiles because most of the mass is in the rider, not the vehicle.”
Congressman Lamar Smith made the point that there is no shortage of private companies to spend money on bicycle improvement, but “what’s really poorly understood is why the NSF wasted $300,000 of taxpayer money on this project.”