That’s like selling air conditioning in Arizona, right?
If ever there’d be ads for bicycling in the US, I suppose they’d feature locations the actors drove to, and a whole lot of Lycra®/Spandex® and/or trouser clips, or at least helmets, because, you know,
cars bikes are dangerous. Dutch bicycle advocacy ads, in contrast, feature barefoot couples making out on a (single) bike, helmetless children on bikes, business suits and dresses on bikes blasting through motor traffic, Saddam Hussein in prison dreaming of riding a bike and shooting George Bush, and the addictive/pathetic qualities of drivers and driving, such as of the obese oaf who responds “auto” to Rorschach blots of genitalia and bikes alike, as well as the possibility of a car bomb taking you out. “Bicyclists live longer.” Um, in the elevator scene the drivers are hearing about their cars being towed or somesuch, while the happy guy in back is holding the key to a bike lock. Here you go (via BikePortland):
Want more? Here’s a photo essay by an American tourist in Amsterdam of the local biking habits. Much of the text is erroneous, but the comments sort that out mostly, and the errors are interesting just as indication of a profound cultural divide. Nice pictures anyway.
I’ve got to leave for Earth Day now, gotta beat the traffic. Parking was insane in previous years.