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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.

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    There are places around Boston where you can rent a bike for a while and then drop it off at one of the others. One of these is near the grocery I go to; another is near where I work. I've never tried either (keep in mind, I haven't been on a bike for perhaps 3 decades, and the city drivers around here aren't exactly patient). But I do think about it and realize - great idea.

    Truth is, I look forward to the day when car commuting is rare, and most people telecommute or get in via bus, trolley, train, bike or walking. Or skateboarding!
    2360 days ago
    i used to bike to work sometimes (i lived closer then) but have been scared off lately by how awful baltimore city drivers are. they are so oblivious to everything, it seems! there are some efforts to make baltimore more bike friendly, but it's still pretty dangerous. that said, it IS a pretty awesome experience and i agree wholeheartedly that it improves your awareness of your environment significantly.
    2364 days ago
  • KLONG8
    Makes me want to ride!
    2364 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    sounds like so much fun.........
    maybe one of these day will attempt the biking scene....
    blessings and hugs......lita

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    2364 days ago
    This is really interesting -- the urban "bixi" bike concept is an intriguing one which has taken off in Toronto and in Montreal . . .

    2364 days ago
    I LOVED this blog! I'm trying to bike more just going to and from places, but that's harder now because it's so COLD outside. Still, I'm much more motivated to bike when the weather is nice now!
    2365 days ago
    I was just having this conversation with a fellow biker this morning about this very subject. Both rides have their pros and cons, but both are a lot of fun.

    Today was a completely urban ride through Chattanooga. Great time!
    2365 days ago
    You are really making me consider giving biking a shot.
    2365 days ago
    I'm an urban cyclist with the BEST situation: Denver has over 800 miles of bike trails, which wind through our suburbs and throughout the city. I can hop on a "rural" trail right outside my suburban home, and in 30 minutes, I'm able to hop off the trail right into the city. Amazing!!!!

    Gosh, you had to go and make me want to get on my bike ... it's snowing and FREEZING in Denver today. Yesterday was a cycling-heavenly 65 degrees. Today? 20. Blizzard. Sigh. I guess I could go to a spin class and close my eyes and pretend ...
    2365 days ago
    Although I don't rack up the miles you do, I totally concur on mixing up urban and rural. And I will be checking out your links, as always, since they're so full of useful information and reflections.

    Thanks Don, your presence in this community is so important!
    2365 days ago
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