My intuition tells me that a lot of our cliches about cycling are wrong.
However intuition is useless by itself. I want to know.
So I commissioned this infographic that plots bicycle use in various cities.
As you can see, the places where people use their bikes a lot are places that have a good cycling infrastructure and strong cycling culture.
It’s really quite simple.
Good weather, price of public transport, neither of these make any difference.
We ride our bikes whatever the weather, we ride if public transport is expensive or cheap.
This infographic shows that there are no intrinsic obstacles. We ride because we want to.
We’d ride more if public administrators spent the tiny sums of money needed to make riding a bicycle a simple and normal part of everyday life.
There is a lot of talk about sustainable cities, about peak oil, about cycling as part of the urban mobility infrastructure.
Most of this talk is around election time, and remains just that.
What is needed is the will to find the relatively small amount of money needed for cycling infrastructure and advocacy.
Because cycling is good for us, and it’s good for the cities we live in.