Finding glimpses of bike-friendliness in your everyday life

Sometimes it can be difficult for us North Americans to truly envision a bike-friendly city. What with our car dominance and the pittances we throw at cycling, breaking the development mould that has dominated for the past half century can be a difficult mental leap.

But lately, I’ve been thinking about little spots in every city that embody bike-friendliness, even in a small day. You may have to squint to see them, but these places can, hopefully, help you envision what a more balanced transportation environment might look like.

Looking for scenes of bike-friendliness. Photo by Tom Babin.

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Tom Babin is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling. 


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2 Comments

  1. Tom
    I notice that you’re riding a single speed. Is that your everyday commuter? I’ve seen some bike friendliness where I live but then I’ve experienced a little bit of hatred also. Drivers had sped past me while blowing the horn, even when I wasn’t blocking traffic. And a few times people have called out, ride on the sidewalk.
    Still, I love cycling and think it’s the cheapest and funnest way to commute in a city.

    • It’s a 3-speed bike, and I use it for most of my everyday riding. Yes,I’ve experienced a lot of the negativity you mentioned, but I truly feel things are getting better in my city. Hope yours is improving too.

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