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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.


Mar. 27th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: helmets
Yeah, that's pretty much what I wrote above - when you've got nothing but bikes around you and you're all going 10 miles an hour, you probably won't need a helmet; but when you're on ruralish roads with drivers who either don't notice or don't care, I could see how a helmet might be nice. That or if you were the guy in Corvallis the other day who was biking quickly to the transit center to catch a bus and started to dismount before he was going a safe speed, fell on his face, and is now in serious condition at the hospital.