It has been far too long since I made an entry here. I find that I spend a lot of time daily on Google +. I have a large number of people who are in my "Cycling Folks" circle, and so much of my G+ time is spent reading about other people's experiences with cycling along with their opinions, perceptions, stories and the like. Recently, I saw a post in one of my cycling communities that I read. I typed a very lengthy reply, then before I added it, I decided it had merit enough to warrant posting here in my blog instead. So, to begin with, here is the original post from the G+ cycling community:
Here is a link to the page the G+ poster is referring to:
Below is my lengthy reply which I've chosen to post here instead.
This disparity between US cycling and Amsterdam has been brought up
before. It's comparing apples and oranges. In the United States, there
are almost no communities (even our best cycling cities), that equal
Amsterdam, or Cophenhagen, Denmark. Vehicular speeds are much higher
here, even in congested downtown areas, and cycling is nowhere near as
prevalent as in those European cities. Drivers here have not learned how
to coexist with cyclists yet, and there are very few communities where
The original author of that page has numerous
ill-informed opinions as well. Those dynamo lights he disparages so much
are much higher quality now than they were 20 years ago, and with LED
lighting most are as bright or brighter than our often, heavier and more
cumbersome battery-powered lights, with the added advantage of never
having to worry about a light that wasn't charged up.
he's obviously never seen folding bikes. He has a whole section on
"bikes with tiny wheels and extra long seat posts and handlebar stems."
Duh, folding bikes - you know, for people who take the train or bus.
always enjoy seeing photos of how prevalent the cycling culture is in
places like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, but they're not the United States,
and one can't hope to expect that sort of change to occur here without a
major cultural shift. As more communities here in the states start
implementing cycling infrastructure, we're slowly but surely seeing the
beginning of a cycling renaissance that will, with hope, allow our communities to be the equal of those paragons of cycling and automotive cooperation, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.