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“Bicycle Cultures Are Man-Made”

November 22, 2011

Marc over at Amsterdamized recognizes that no city in the world is Amsterdam, but not in the way that bike lane opponents might think:

Following the popular discourse: Amsterdam is unlike any other city. In the same way any other city is not Amsterdam, but unique in itself.

My point: each city has its own particular history regarding design, architecture and social contract, but in essence humans behave the same way the world over. When you facilitate a particular mode of transportation and make it safe and convenient, people will use it. This was the case for automobiles and this is certainly the case for bicycles.

The bottom line: there are more similarities than differences between the Netherlands and the rest of the world when it comes to everyday cycling. Thereʼs more than meets the eye, too, you just have to have an open mind.

Bicycle cultures are man-made. Itʼs a choice. Cycling should be for everyone, not just the brave and few.

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One Comment
  1. Scoop permalink
    November 22, 2011 5:03 pm

    What is wrong with Iris Weinshall and that lady with the spy camera that they see a picture like this and think “uh-uh, not on MY street.”

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