I’ve been reading this great blog about bicycling, Copenhagenize.com. It’s written by a blogger living in Copenhagen, which seems to be one of the most bicycle-friendly cities around.
I find this blog quite inspiring–it’s about ditching your car and biking instead. It’s also about how cities can create an infrastructure to make this possible. Bike lanes are key!
Boston has consistently been rated one of the least bicycle-friendly cities around, but it’s making changes. It even has a city department working on it! More bike lanes and bicycle racks are being added around the Boston metro area. Some MBTA buses have bike racks on the fronts to help bike-and-bus commuters get to work.
It’s progress, but I still don’t feel terribly safe biking on our narrow, car-lined streets filled with agressive drivers talking on their cell phones. I admire the intrepid souls who bike everywhere, and aspire to join their ranks. I’m encouraged that every summer there seem to be more and more bikes on the roads. If our numbers go up, drivers will have to take notice.
Copenhagenize.com has ample evidence of hearty Danes biking through all sorts of winter weather, so perhaps we Bostonians can make it work, too. I confess I might not be that hearty, though. . .