Bicycling in the US, from a Dutch Perspective
September 30, 2013
In Copenhagen, where I was briefly in June, you notice a few things.
a. How much quieter the city center is
b. How many people are riding bicycles, not for pleasure (only), but to actually get somewhere
c. How many more very slender and healthy looking middle age and older people you see
The video above does a very nice job of picking out glaring (to European eyes) deficiencies in how bicycle lanes, racks, and other amenities are so far applied in the US. Those nice new bike lanes you may have in your neighborhood? Maybe not as nice as they could be if we were more serious that bicycling is a real alternative way to move, rather than just a sport for kids or athletes.
Progress is being made on this, for sure – but this is one area of our transportation system that could have so many positive effects on our cities and our people, it seems more than a no-brainer to move forward.