Sep 12 2008
Riding a bike is THE thing to do in Vancouver, as ubiquitous throngs of helmeted traffic scofflaws will tell you. I expect my almost daily jaunts around my neighborhood will be curtailed soon as the autumn rains return, since I’m not all that confident about getting out on slippery roads. But it has been fun while it’s lasted. And nice to be in a city where the activity is encouraged as a public good, rather than looked upon as an activity that provokes a police beating (as seen in the startling video below).
Some fun facts about biking in Vancouver (Lyle, hold your breath!) from one of my recent articles, We Like to Move It, Move It:
– Cycling trips in Vancouver are up 180 per cent from 10 years ago.
– Each day, 50,000 cyclists take to our streets.
– My bike is waaaaaaay cooler than your bike. Probably.
As an aside, these days I’m much, much more cognizant of the fact that way too many of my fellow cyclists blow through stop lights on major arterial roads.
Look, even I don’t always fully stop at stop signs on empty side-streets. But if cyclists really are traffic, then we all need to stop showing off behavior that we would be horrified to see in drivers of motorized vehicles.