The Bicycle as an Instrument of Experiential Understanding
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Lately I've come across some additional articles about cycling in New York City and urban cycling in general which I thought were worth passing along. I'm finding some of the comments posted on the articles very interesting also.
Here are some experiences shared on cycling the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway:
A Cyclist Discovers a Country Edge To the City:
A great description of the New York City Century ride I did earlier this fall:
"The city felt at once vast and intimate."
One of the comments sent me to these great thoughts shared by Kasey Klimes:
The Real Reason Why Bicycles are the Key to Better Cities:
She shares some great thoughts on how much more "connected" one feels to others when cycling through a city, how much more observant and aware one can be. “Invite a motorist for a bike ride through your city and you’ll be cycling with an urbanist by the end of the day. Even the most eloquent of lectures about livable cities and sustainable design can’t compete with the experience from atop a bicycle saddle.”
While I love cycling in the country where there are far fewer encounters with cars and other urban "hassles" and one can soak up the wonders of nature; there is much to be said for the wealth of variety in points of interest and awareness of aspects within our environment that we would NEVER have in a rural setting. If cycling in a rural setting is your usual MO, I would encourage you to consider mixing it up by putting an urban ride on your itinerary.