Can the Bicycle Save Civilization? It’s a rhetorical question in these here parts, and preaching to the choir. But the article makes one point I seldom encounter: biking is really easy, easier than driving. That’s certainly not true for everyone everywhere, all the time, but once you’ve cut the car culture cord and made certain logistical arrangements, then biking does indeed become easier than driving ever was, a daily pleasure, an indulgence that leaves you with more time and energy for the rest of life. And as much as I and other car-free people talk about it, still it feels like a secret. This sense of participation in occult knowledge contributes, no doubt, to the popular conception of car-free bikers as, well, some kind of cult.
"I ride a bike because I'm lazy and pampered"
Posted on September 20, 2006.