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# Some large European cities, such as Paris and Barcelona,

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Some large European cities, such as Paris and Barcelona, have implemented bicycle sharing programs that allow people, for a small fee, to obtain a bike at any of hundreds of locations and drop it off near their destination. Currently, most large U.S. cities face congestion with cars and taxis, have few bicycle lanes, and discourage the locking of bicycles to poles and fences. Therefore, until the culture of cities becomes less hostile to bicyclists, a wide scale program will not be a viable form of alternative transportation.

Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in evaluating the argument?

(A) Whether an sharp increase in the number of bicyclists in U.S. cities would change attitudes toward bicyclists
(B) Whether U.S. who drive cars know how to operate bicycles
(C) Whether major U.S. cities have plans to expand the availability of bicycle lanes in downtown areas
(D) Whether the number of people interested in traveling by bicycle is greater in U.S. than in Europe
(E) Whether small U.S. cities are more friendly to bicyclists than large U.S. cities

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19 Apr 2013, 04:23
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i picked A
the argument concludes that : Therefore, until the culture of cities becomes less hostile to bicyclists, a wide scale program will not be a viable form of alternative transportation.

but what if sharp increase in the number of bicyclists in U.S. cities would change attitudes toward bicyclists?
if the answer is yes then we don't need to wait to make bicycle an alternative transport until cities become less hostile !!
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OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

This appears to be a GMAT Hacks question of the day. It appeared on 2/19/2013. The Official Explanation is as follows:

Answer: A This is an "evaluate the argument" question. In a sense, we're looking for an assumption, just in a different format that in assumption questions. This argument claims that, because U.S. cities are not bicycle-friendly, U.S. cities cannot implement European-style bicycle sharing programs. Each choice has two possible outcomes ("whether" it is the case, or it is not the case), so we're looking for a choice in which one of the outcomes would have an impact on the argument. Consider each in turn:(A) This is correct. If an increase in the number of bicyclists could change attitudes toward bicyclists, a bicycle-sharing program may well solve the problem suggested in the argument. (B) This is not important; it doesn't matter if people (car-drivers or not) can operate bicycles if cities are too hostile to bicyclists. (C) This is outside the scope. The problem described in the passage is not the lack of bicycle lanes, it is the culture of U.S. cities. (D) As with (B), this is not relevant, since it doesn't address the issue of hostility to bicyclists. (E) This comparison is outside of the scope, as we're concerned only with the viability of bicycle-sharing programs in large U.S. cities.
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15 Sep 2014, 03:45
IMO, the hostility the argument mentions is not the attitude towards bicycle riders but the unavailability of enough bicycle lanes and not allowed locking of bicycles. Even if the attitude towards the bicyclists changes, it doesn't make sure that the Government will expand their roads for bicycles lanes as people's attitude is not something which is stopping the government from doing so.

Experts, please elaborate if my reasoning is correct and the question is poorly framed.
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15 Apr 2015, 05:14
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Some large European cities, such as Paris and Barcelona, have implemented bicycle sharing programs that allow people, for a small fee, to obtain a bike at any of hundreds of locations and drop it off near their destination. Currently, most large U.S. cities face congestion with cars and taxis, have few bicycle lanes, and discourage the locking of bicycles to poles and fences. Therefore, until the culture of cities becomes less hostile to bicyclists, a wide scale program will not be a viable form of alternative transportation.

Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in evaluating the argument?

(A) Whether an sharp increase in the number of bicyclists in U.S. cities would change attitudes toward bicyclists
(B) Whether U.S. who drive cars know how to operate bicycles
(C) Whether major U.S. cities have plans to expand the availability of bicycle lanes in downtown areas
(D) Whether the number of people interested in traveling by bicycle is greater in U.S. than in Europe
(E) Whether small U.S. cities are more friendly to bicyclists than large U.S. cities

I have a doubt here.
If US citizens don't know how to operate bicycles,they will never accept it as an alternative transportation.
It is a good contender.We are choosing A because the conclusion mentions "culture" which is related to mindset of people and is in scope?
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03 Oct 2015, 21:48
my prephrased assum: No way how alternative transport can be implemented

but answer A exploits typical causal assumption which is "No reverse relations between cause and effect". One should see it in true test though it may look out of scope

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