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Cycle Chic

During the last couple of weeks I've been thinking a lot about commuting on my bicycle rather than the car. I don't think it'd work for me at the moment, as I work almost a mile down a gravel road with log and gravel trucks speeding up and down it. (It's hard enough being in a car with the gravel trucks cutting me off as they roar onto the road from the quarry next door!) But someday I will work in a place where there's real pavement and then things will change. Hopefully.

Anyway, I was pretending that the gravel road didn't exist and was thinking of all the other reasons I could use to avoid the bike commute. The biggest one was sweat. How will I look OK in business attire if I'm riding my bike? My hair will most definitely flatten under my helmet and I'll have to bring spare clothes to change into and I won't smell nearly as fresh as a daisy.

This morning I was reading blogs on my Bloglines Reader (I still haven't checked the Google reader out yet) and found a link to Cycle Chic. 35% of Copenhagen commuters bike to work. I think that's fantastic - think of how many traffic jams could be avoided! And maybe we'd all be thinner too - I like that idea.

I see a conspicuous absence of helmets, though. I wonder what the safety stats are. I think the helmet, more than the spandex, is what regular people have the most aversion to when they think about biking.

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rivulet
Mar. 27th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it has to do with the kind of hairstyle one has - like if I had straight hair or had the style I used to have where I'd just throw it in a ponytail or shove it behind my ears, I might not care.

I looked into the whole Copenhagen helmet thing a little more closely and apparently because they have such a bike culture, where dozens of people commute on their bikes around you, there's less of a need for helmets than here, where cars are more likely to mow you down. I will be wearing my helmet when I ride, unless I know I'll be on the path that's way off the street or something.