Life in the slower lane
A great article on The Guardian blog today: There’s more to ‘going Dutch’ than having a separate cycling lane. Sadly not enough time on my hands to write a more considered article – I’m rushing out the door shortly to see Wilco in Bristol – and the Guardian will do it sooo much better than me anyway, but suffice to say; good sensible stuff. Its become a cliché, but Amsterdam and Copenhagen were like everywhere else 40 years ago; car-centric , fume filled and busy. It takes a little imagination, a bit of balls and a leap of faith, but it’s quite possible to return urban spaces back to their rightful owners (people). Forget car v bike and think healthier, safer space for all.
This short video reinforces the point quite well. Marvel at how odd Dutch towns and cities look without their bikes (pre-modern era footage). Be horrified as buildings are destroyed to make way for car parks and roads. Then ‘hurrah!’ loudly as cycling policies are re-engaged and edge out the motor. It’s a rollercoaster.
This is the first video to be featured on this site without funky music. Sorry.