I was just reading an article in the New York Times about how the latest “It” thing for fashionable New Yorkers is a Dutch bicycle. The article had a cute discussion of an attorney that used to ride in his suit and tie before he crashed with another bicyclist — neither were on Dutch cycles — but clearly that doesn’t stop folks in Amsterdam from riding their bikes in all sorts of clothing and, apparently, helmetless.
I think those Dutch bicycles are rather neat, but I have always had an affinity for simple bikes. My own ride is a pink (yes, pink) beach cruiser complete with child seat in the back and a horn in the shape of a turtle. I love that bike. The only thing I am missing is a good basket to schlep stuff in. Usually I use the child seat if I am childless, but that’s sort of a drag since I always have to be mindful of the stuff potentially falling out.
This is an interesting excerpt from the NYT article about bike culture:
…George Bliss, who teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and is the owner of Hub Station, a vintage bike shop in the West Village, believes the best P.R. for everyday biking comes from people outside the biking world, not inside….
Tomorrow, is, of course the big Earth Day Festival at Washington Park, so if you are going to be heading out there, what better way than on your bike? The weather is supposed to be beautiful and Bike Alameda will be offering Free Bike Valet parking so you don’t need to worry about finding a place to lock up your bike.