Apparently Boston Mayor Menino has started riding a bike and is now pro cycling:
“We’re going to do more in our city with bikes,” Menino decreed upon his return home from a ride yesterday.
This is great news. Boston could be an ideal place for cycling as a viable form of transportation (it’s flat, it’s compact, etc.), but it’s limited because of lack of infrastructure, aggressive driving, etc.
I personally had given up on the prospects for cycling as a significant transport mode in the U.S. Then, I lived in Germany for awhile and was inspired- they actually ride bikes to go places!
Imagine train/T stations with good, enclosed bike lockers. Imagine bike paths and lanes that were sane enough to use (and that took you to useful places, like T stations). Imagine men in 3 piece suits smoking their pipes as they bike to work (Germans still smoke a ton; as my 4 year old put it at the time, ‘This isn’t Europe. This is smoking world.’).
So I am glad to see a new cycling proponent in government. Cycling addresses health, congestion, and air pollution issues all at once.
Get out there and ride, the mayor is on your side.