Monday, August 1, 2011

lifestyle biking

I'm shopping for a new bike. Too bad this one's not on the market yet. Recreation is important but utility and green living are too.
Bet it'll be a hit in the Netherlands, where Russell Shorto says biking really is integrated into every facet of daily life. Where our dedicated bike lanes 
seem to be used more for recreation than transport — cyclists in Amsterdam are dressed in everything from jeans to cocktail dresses, while those in Manhattan often look like spandex cyborgs...
But while many Americans see their cars as an extension of their individual freedom, to some of us owning a car is a burden, and in a city a double burden. I find the recrafting of the city in order to lessen — or eliminate — the need for cars to be not just grudgingly acceptable, but, yes, an expansion of my individual freedom.
I'd love to eliminate my need for a car to run 80+ miles a day between home and school and school and back again, but alas. A colleague does it on a motorcycle but he lives just down the street from school and carries no passengers.

I still want my bullet train.

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