thrifty or getting on their bikes

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Hi,

Can you explain please the meaning of "thrifty, or getting on their bikes" in this paragraph: "Although the causes are multiple, what seems to be important is that they deliver a certain number of people to a multiple series of disadvantages. And then the question of permanence comes in. How on earth do people like that get themselves out? Now, they don’t get themselves out of being stuck in that way by being, you know, thrifty, or getting on their bikes or any of those things.."

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  • In fact it's a documentary script!! It focuses on the idea of how our lives can affect the person we become and provide an accurate barometer of social change. This is the whole context: We can now begin to identify a range of different processes which do tend in our kinds of societies to deliver a significant number of people at the bottom of a number of different ladders. Some of them are technological, some of them have to do with education. Some of them have to do with race and ethnicity. Some of them have to do with single parenthood. Although the causes are multiple, what seems to be important is that they deliver a certain number of people to a multiple series of disadvantages. And then the question of permanence comes in. How on earth do people like that get themselves out? Now, they don’t get themselves out of being stuck in that way by being, you know, thrifty, or getting on their bikes or any of those things.
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