Saturday, December 01, 2012

"Cycle Chic" Gets It Right

I've expressed my misgivings about the whole "cycle chic" movement before.  Most of my concerns center around: 
"the socioeconomic status continually represented on the site. I get that the movement is about fashion and looking good on bicycles being used as a utilitarian tool. It is called cycling “chic” after all. But the emphasis does seem to grossly misrepresent the reality of bicycle use around the planet. The subjects represented are almost exclusively young, beautiful, women. Nice to look at but when Cycle Chic starts claiming that they have done more for cycling since the inception of their blog than all of the bicycling advocates than you have to question whether they believe that 95% of cyclists are beautiful 20 something women."
But this newly released TED video is pretty spot on in its assessment of the problems with "traffic engineering" over the last 100 years or so.  More than that, the emphasis on people, not cars, and "desire lines," is to be lauded.  At one point Mikael Colville-Andersen says, "well-designed bicycle infrastructure will seduce us to use it."  I couldn't agree more.  He's not the greatest speaker I've seen on TED but every one of the 15 minutes are worth catching.


Scott Hall said...

Here's our chance to go down to San Fran in January and talk bike advocacy with Mikael from Copenhagen Cycle Chic.

Reno Rambler said...

Too bad it's so expensive! It would be quite interesting though.