I’ve never been to Amsterdam, so perhaps my touchstone for reference is off, but still, it’s true that I have never been in such a bike-friendly city in all my life. Every tree and rail is thick with tethered bikes, and you see every single type of human being riding about here. It’s marvellous.
New Yorkers look at us funny when we say that the drivers here are courteous, but really, the behaviour of an otherwise nice enough Cape Town mum in her SUV is quite homicidal when approaching a bike or pedestrian, typically choosing to lay an entitled hand on an earsplitting horn way before even considering the possibility of applying the brake. Here, on the other hand, cars pause for pedestrians, stop at orange lights, leave pedestrian crossings clear… it’s wondrous.
Rant over, time to celebrate. I’ve bought myself the little folding bike above (from amazingly tiny Bfold Bikes on E13th), and I’m loving it!
The purchase has coincided with some blooming warm weather, so much happy tootling about the Big Apple has ensued.
We’re planning on joining up with a night ride in Central Park this weekend, amongst other riding. May is Bike Month in NYC, so heaps of stuff going on.