One of the consistent points that we try to make on the Sustainable Wellington Transport blog is that we’re concerned with accessibility and mobility. There are two comments in this post that I’d like to expand on a bit.
“My bicycle serves a purpose. It helps me connect with people and place. I don’t love cycling, but I do love what it offers.”
We have a series of transport tools, starting with our feet and sometimes adding equipment that suits us. Not a single one is the right tool for every situation, but a good mixture of modal support can bring us to an optimum network of access and mobility.
In this frame of mind, the concept of cyclists being a Special Interest Group is farcical. We are all people trying to get places to do activities and accomplish tasks. Whether it be on foot, on bike, on transit or with a car, we are all equal. Of course, we are neither regarded nor funded equally. That’s where the problems start.
“Making cities fit for people is the top priority”
Riding a bicycle is as easy as walking. Well it can be. In some enlightened cities around the world that’s how large numbers of the population roll. Pedestrians on wheels; for those short A to B trips. You can also ride a bicycle for sports and recreational purposes.
As a child, my friends and I always used bikes. Our bikes gave us independence and opportunities to range further afield. When I returned to biking in my adult years it had all changed. It had all become about, you guessed it, sport and recreation. I followed the trend (which suggests that there was an element of choice – but there really wasn’t) though I never recall it ever fitting comfortably with me. I had no interest in kicking tyres and doing the technical talk about equipment, distances and times.
Bikes are a tool to promote…
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