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5 Comments

  1. PhilAugust 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I wish I were able to live in a utopia such as this. Instead I have people attempting to run me over at any chance they get, and as such, the desire to ever throw my leg over a bike again is at an all time low. If you can’t beat them, join them.

  2. UmludAugust 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    While I don’t live in a bike utopia like the one presented, having the attitude of “if you can’t beat them, join them” is not one that will even start to bring people to think about the possibility of conceptualizing the notion of even thinking about considering biking as a valid alternative (or — better yet — eventually getting to a point where they think of the car as the alternative). In other words: it’s a defeatist attitude that won’t help bring any change.

    I’m not saying that we all need to jump on bikes and lay claim to all the asphalts in all the metropoli, cities, towns, hamlets, thorps, and cross-road settlements throughout the country. However, I am saying that when it comes to getting on the road to “a utopia such as this”, it requires people to not have such a defeatist attitude in the first place. Make events out of riding (grill-out at the park, but you gotta ride), encourage friends to ride in a group together (school, like fish do), petition your town council — with a lot of your friends — to put in bike infrastructure, etc., etc.

    If you sit back and be a defeatist, then your wish of being able to live in a cycling utopia will never come true (unless you just up and move to one, that is).

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  4. Robert AndersonAugust 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    There are two kinds of people: those who find an excuse to ride, and those who find an excuse not to ride (like Phil above). The operative question is, how do you move from one state (the non-cyclist) to the other?

    I am an avid cycle commuter, 18 miles round trip, in a medium density suburban area (Columbia, MD). There is no special bicycle infrastructure on my route. No bike lanes, etc. (Wait, there is one “share the road” sign :)

    Personally, I’m a ‘vehicular cyclist’ (even though that is a term with a bit of a history). A cyclist who knows the methods of cycling safely in vehicular traffic can cycle anywhere. It does require attention, coordination and skills. But it’s attainable by average individuals, and learnable from your local branch of the League of American Bicyclists.

    Understand: it will never be as “convenient” as driving. But, on the other hand, driving will never be as “real” as cycling. Take your choice.

  5. ricardo de la luzDecember 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    No es una Utopia inalcansable,si acaso nos percatamos de la necesidad de cambios en el modo de transportarnos, si consideramos hacerlo racionalmente.Ya que es mas practico impulsar un vehiculo de 30-40 kgs.para transportar a 1 pasajero de 70-100kgs.,que impulsar a otro de 800-1500kgs para el mismo pasajero.Meditemoslo.

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