Time: September 11, 2014 afternoon
Place: Madison Avenue. Upper East Side, NYC
An stylishly dressed young woman patiently waits to cross the intersection
She surmises her surroundings
Pushes off when the timing is appropriate
Gives herself a little extra oomph to get going
And then blissfully pedals on her way.
A totally mundane moment in truly world class cycling cities. A breath of fresh air in NYC, where we’re still working on it.
Noticing a lot more relaxed and upright cycling in NYC this summer. A nice trend. Keep up the good work.
Let freedom ring. Pass along the love and teach someone you know how to ride a bicycle.
Gently nudge them on as they find their independence.
When you give kids safe space to ride, they own it.
All our public spaces should be safe enough so that anyone can ride from age 8…
…to 80 and beyond.
Happy Independence Day. Ride on Patriots.
Some days if you squint your eyes and imagine cycling infrastructure everywhere with different buildings in the background, you could almost pretend you were in another city. A city where riding a bike is nothing out of the ordinary.
Where no one thinks it’s extraordinary to cycle to or from work.
Where stopping by a shop to pick up a new pair of shoes while out cycling is mundane.
Where cycling in the snow while holding an umbrella isn’t a rarely seen event and bike lanes are filled with people on bikes instead of illegally parked cars.
Where everyone cycles.
Even moms on their way to pick up their kids at school.
Where no one blinks an eye that you’re riding a bicycle when you’re dressed nicely.
Where people cycle from A to B whether it’s a nice sunny day.
Or a grey, cold and chilly one.
Where when you mention the family SUV, you’re really talking about the family cargo bike.
Well, almost. We’re not quite Amsterdam yet.