December 16, 2003

The Cycle Friendly Metropolis

Category: Cycling

Copenhagen & Amsterdam: Bit of a brief entry, but seeing as I'm trying to make an effort to keep things fresh here, better than nothing: Excellent Article in Metropolis Magazine comparing the bicycle policies of Copenhagen and Amsterdam with those of New York, which are paradoxically abysmal, but seems to be slowly heading in the right direction.

Posted by Nick at December 16, 2003 11:10 PM | TrackBack

Comments:

something is up with the hyperlink, here is the correct url: http://www.metropolismag.com/html/urbanjournal_1203/urbancycling.html

Posted by: Abe on December 17, 2003 01:14 AM

I've been an avid urban cyclist at times, but I'm not sure how on point the article is. I'm pretty doubtful that most people who take up bike commuting in cities are switching from cars. Most bike commuters seem to be mass transit people who would rather be outside getting exercise then stuck in a tunnel. Either that of the mass transit is just bad in their hood.

Guess its stylistic, but I find riding in places like SF or NY far more fun then Amsterdam, which is so "bike friendly" that you wind up stuck in bike traffic and are segregated into bike lanes that slow you down. Less pollution, but its just adding to the traffic congestion.

Cars are a whole other issue. I say just keep them out of the central urban zones completely. It'll be nice for cyclists, but that's just a side effect. Other then for deliveries, which can take place in a proscribe time slot, there really is no need for cars at all in a place like Manhattan. The are luxury items (in urban spaces) that hurt everyone through traffic and pollution. The tragedy of the commons in full effect here and no one seems to mind.

Posted by: Abe on December 17, 2003 01:30 AM
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