One of the most life-changing ideas that traveling taught me about was the beauty of a bike.
I love the idea of bringing Dutch-bike-love back to U.S. cities, but New York seems the most daunting place of all to contemplate biking through. (Although I also thought NYC would be the last place for a Siena-style pedestrian-friendly piazza, and look how they’ve proved me wrong with Piazza Times Square.)
The solution appears to be: to be a cyclist in New York, take a New York attitude, according to Village Voice columnist Michael Musto:
Things I love about this video:
- Absolutely no spandex. Instead, a jaunty scarf.
- Biking between cabs, which is my favorite aspect of biking in downtown Seattle–it just seems so incongruous.
- His quotes: “I don’t care about the environment, but it’s nice that someone does.” Hilarious.
No helmet though, which seems slightly insane to me, but oh-so Dutch.