They Could Have Just Asked My Grandchildren …… NSF Wastes Another $300,000 Of Tax Payers Money!!!!

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Feds spend $300K on study on how to ride bikes

The National Science Foundation has paid $300,000 for a study on how “humans interact with bicycles,” which a House committee is calling “wasted” taxpayer money, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

The premise for the project , conducted from October 2009 to June 2013, was that bicycle dynamics are “poorly understood,” and researchers set out to come up with new designs to encourage more Americans to bike to lower their carbon footprint.

“Although human-operator control models exist for numerous aircraft and other vehicles, the bicycle with a rider is a human-vehicle system whose dynamic behavior is poorly understood,” researchers at the University of California, Davis, which received the NSF grant money for the project, said in a paper publishing their interim results.

Texas GOP Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, said the study was unnecessary when considering the bicycle industry is nearing $65 billion a year and puts huge financial resources into research.

“The NSF has gone off the road, and taxpayers are paying for it,” he said. “Scarce public funds were awarded for an ill-conceived study to improve bicycle designs. Peddling their proposal, the researchers asserted that bicycle riding dynamics are ‘poorly understood.’ Yet bicycling invests … hundreds of millions in research and development. … What’s really poorly understood is why the NSF wasted $300,000 of taxpayer money on this project.”

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WTF???  Bicycle dynamics are poorly understood?  By who?  Oh, some nerd boy or girl who never learned to ride a bicycle, that’s who.  To lower a carbon footprint some lunatic thinks they can redesign a bicycle?  As Rep Smith points out, bicycle companies spend $millions on R&D. 

This was simply another example of a government run amok with no oversight and no thought process.  They’re laughing at the people of this nation as they squander our wealth.

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11 Responses to They Could Have Just Asked My Grandchildren …… NSF Wastes Another $300,000 Of Tax Payers Money!!!!

  1. omanuel says:

    1. In 2009, Climategate surfaced
    2. In 2014, Muslims kill Christians

    These and many other seemingly unrelated events will fall into place when we finally realize the real winner of WWII: Joseph Stalin !

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/what-a-coincidence/#comment-59160

    • DirkH says:

      Muslims have been killing 100,000 Christians and others per year for the last 70 years. I call it the Jihad belt; the borders of the Islamic region, where dozens of differently named “movements” all do the same thing. Remember the Olympics 192 Munich? That was just one of the killings that gained a little airplay.

  2. Latitude says:

    ….what’s a cow

  3. DirkH says:

    “and researchers set out to come up with new designs to encourage more Americans to bike to lower their carbon footprint.”

    Hey you’ll get a Peoples Bicycle! I propose depleted Uranium for extra sturdiness.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    ‘S probably a polite excuse from the NSF to camoflage the real beneficiary of the study.

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