Copenhagen: an example for North America
This is an incredibly inspirational 10 minute film about the bicycling infrastructure in Copenhagen viewd through the eyes (mostly) by North Americans. I love it. I wish it were there. In the States, especially smaller cities like the one in which I live, there are plenty of times when I am the only cyclist on the road (especially in foul weather), and when you reach a certain age (past, say...20 or 25) people start to question your mental and emotional state when you tell them you prefer a bike over a car. I can't tell you how often people assume I cannot afford to own a vehicle, and are surprised that I actually do own one, because they see me on a bike all the time. If there are any Copenhageners (is that the correct term?) reading this blog I'll just say this: I am profoundly jealous, but more importantly you should be proud to live in such a cycling-friendly city. Hopefully America will take a few tips from you before it's too late. Lastly, whether your a cyclist or not (especially if your not) I encourage you to watch this film. It will make you remember what a joy it is to ride a bike...and hopefully make you ride one.