On our recent educational trip to Germany (with the Center for International Understanding), I loved seeing how so many residents used bicycles as a means of transportation.
When urban areas were redesigned, family-friendly areas and bikes usage were included.
Bike racks were located near park cafes, office buildings, and subway stops.
All streets had designated bike paths OR a double sidewalk - shared between walkers and bikers.
One tour guide explained commuters in Munich have two bikes: one near their home, which they
ride to the subway, and then another one at their work station, which they ride to work. He said bike
theft was not a real issue.
Street crossings had special buttons for bikes to enter the roadway.
Different methods of protecting bikes from the elements were employed in various locales.
School yards and college campuses were filled with bike parking.
This covering, one of my favorites, was in the solar district of Freiburg.
When I was a teen, I rode my bike everywhere - to school, practice, the beach. One day in college, while stopped at a red light, an elderly man hit me. My bike was mangled and I was scratched up and shaken. I couldn't afford a new bike, so that was the last time I rode.
After moving to NC and living close to the Tobacco Trail bikeway, I'm ready to try again. I can't ride my bike to work, as it is too far, but I can make some changes to save energy in other ways. So now, I'm saving up for a bike. Do you bike?