In towns like Hamburg Germany workers just ride to work. There’s no pledging with your co-workers to do so, marketing campaigns to get you out of your car, or tax incentives.
That’s just what you do and probably with little thought or regard to it. Surrounded by folding bikes in Spain I realized they used them on the Subways. In the stream of traffic in Beijing, bikes have their own massive lanes. In a city of bikes like Amsterdam, bikes are the transportation grid.
The bike is just another option to get you around the city.
Photo credit: Reuters from Hamburg Germany
Reading about the end of the Hummer Nation from Dowd yesterday, this quote
now that gas prices have gone back down, almost half a million fuel-frugal small cars are piling up unsold at dealers around the country.
got me wondering how many bikes that got pulled out of storage during $4.00 gas are right back in there?
Good that Hummers are nearly gone, but those bikes … are people still riding them?
I’m as hopeful and optimistic about the future of bikes in the US, but sometimes getting yelled at on a ride or navigating congested streets in Seattle is exhausting. Just imagine what that’s like for someone who decided to trying “commuting.” Did they ever do it again?