making things easier

I find this new Streetfilms video simply amazing. That’s all there is to it. (Sorry, but for some reason I couldn’t figure out how to embed this one.)  I just don’t see any good reason at all why a city like Adrian couldn’t begin implementing simple, relatively inexpensive, highly cost-effective, environmentally friendly, bicycle infrastructure. Cyclists are far from the only one to benefit. The entire community stands to gain.

I found the video on the Bike Snob NYC blog, which I’ve recently taken to reading regularly again. He makes a terrific point:

In Copenhagen they make cycling easier for people through city planning, but here we prefer to make cycling easier by quite literally trying to take the effort out of cycling.

That’s just it, isn’t it? The irony is how much we’ve been duped into thinking that wherever we are and whatever we have in this moment is always the height of progress, and that the only acceptable solutions to whatever problems that have arisen as a result can not in any way compromise the gains we think we’ve made. Sigh.

Meanwhile, I’ve said on more than one occasion that the single greatest thing I miss about Dayton, OH, by far, is the strength of its bike culture. The city has just completed a major overhaul of the streets in city center, which included adding bike lanes throughout. They are within months of opening a fantastic, centrally located bike hub. And I was thrilled to see that the Little Miami Scenic Trail (which is linked to Dayton via the Creekside Trail) was featured as Trail of the Month in the recent Rails-to-Trails Conservancy newsletter. Dayton and the surrounding area is pushing hard for greater recognition as a bike-friendly city from the League of American Bicyclists. I won’t be surprised to see them get it before long. And they’ll owe it all to a vibrant and tireless cycling community. (That’s “tireless” as in untiring, by the way, not as in bikes without wheels, which would be kind of a drag … literally.)

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