Last week I cam across an interesting article on Grist. The reporter, Christine Grant comments on her adoption of cycling, a “car-lite” lifestyle, and how she fell in love with it.
"Urban cycling freed me from slow buses, parking meters, and mind-numbing elliptical machines. I arrived at work with more energy. I lost weight. I discovered charming neighborhood restaurants. I could smell fresh laundry and dinners in the oven while I pedaled home through residential streets. Getting from A to B on my bike became the best part of my day."
With a fellowship attaining her the ability to spend six months living life on two wheels in the world’s most bike-friendly cities she discovered 10 lessons for cities wanting to be more bike friendly.
It’s the infrastructure, stupid!
It’s safer than a sofa.
Say “thank you.”
Turn streets into backyards.
Let prices tell the truth.
You don’t need “bike clothes.”
Admit it: It’s emotional.
It’s a virtuous cycle.
Read the detail here. You can also read more about the cycling cities she visited on her blog Shift - "thoughts on shifting gears and transportation choices while adventuring on two wheels."