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> Crazy Bike Ride..., Am I the only one who thinks this is a crazy idea?
semi-backpacker
post Jun 15 2009, 01:16 PM
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I'm all for people's right to exercise...but, this is crazy.
Apparently the French government is allowing prison inmates to bike on public roads...

http://www.hrmorning.com/hrs-strange-side-...-a-bit-too-far/



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post Jun 15 2009, 01:28 PM
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I can see both sides really - yes to a certain extent these people are criminals and have done wrong, but I also like to think that some people deserve a chance at rehabilitation (possibly not the right word).

I think a ride like this could serve several purposes to some - seriously, 1400 miles on a bike, it could be life changing for some - give someone a sense of achievement, build their self esteem, endless positives really.

Do we give some people a second chance, a chance to prove they made a mistake - or should we just lock people up and throw away the key?

I dunno, sometimes these things aren't just black and white - there is room for grey areas maybe.




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post Jun 15 2009, 01:52 PM
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"The prisoners will be followed around by 124 bicycle-riding guards. Let’s see now: 200 prisoners and 124 guards. By our math, that leaves 76 unaccompanied felons pedaling toward freedom on the French countryside."

Whoah! I don't think they'd be able to get away anyway. Those bicycle police are pretty buff.


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post Jun 16 2009, 03:07 AM
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I read this a couple of weeks ago and found it quite funny. Mainly because they're modelling it on the Tour de France as a bike race, and then they go on to say "No breakaways will be permitted"... well in that case its not really a race?!
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post Jun 16 2009, 02:56 PM
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QUOTE(travelmonster @ Jun 15 2009, 02:28 PM) *

I can see both sides really - yes to a certain extent these people are criminals and have done wrong, but I also like to think that some people deserve a chance at rehabilitation (possibly not the right word).

I think a ride like this could serve several purposes to some - seriously, 1400 miles on a bike, it could be life changing for some - give someone a sense of achievement, build their self esteem, endless positives really.

Do we give some people a second chance, a chance to prove they made a mistake - or should we just lock people up and throw away the key?

I dunno, sometimes these things aren't just black and white - there is room for grey areas maybe.


Some good points and I really do believe in rehabilitation (except in the case of people that have committed violent crimes), but I guess I'm wondering if this race is the only way to provide that feeling of accomplishment. Seems like a high risk.

On another note, I read in the New York times, that the race began this weekend and so far, nobody's "escaped"...


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post Jun 18 2009, 04:20 PM
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another crazy idea is that a friend of mine and some guys we all went to highschool with are planning a bike trip across the united states, Oregon to Boston Mas. Then with their bikes getting on a plane to bike all over europe!! It sounds like an Amazing adventure i wish i could go!


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post Jun 18 2009, 04:37 PM
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QUOTE(ashleyrenee @ Jun 18 2009, 05:20 PM) *

another crazy idea is that a friend of mine and some guys we all went to highschool with are planning a bike trip across the united states, Oregon to Boston Mas. Then with their bikes getting on a plane to bike all over europe!! It sounds like an Amazing adventure i wish i could go!


Wow, that's crazy, but sounds like fun! I wonder how long it'll take them to go from Oregon to Boston? Also, I assume since bicycles aren't allowed on most major highways, that they will need to take backroads...


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post Jun 19 2009, 12:46 PM
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yes there is some kind of mapped out trail they are following


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