Thursday, April 22, 2010

Final Philadelphia Edition: Bicycle Culture

How to know if you are visiting a city with real bicycle culture:
1. The majority of cyclists are wearing normal clothes
2. You see people cycling together
3. You see people cycling with children
4. People can multi-task while riding a bicycle. Like eating, or texting on their cell phone like this guy.

5. Motorists share the road
6. People really know how to lock up. This sturdy chain was waiting for its owner to come home and park.

7. You can't take a picture without a bicycle in it.


  1. That described my visit to Portland perfectly. Such a difference from Flagstaff.

  2. I have no idea what Flagstaff is like, but I've seen a few articles about Phoenix. I can only hope that a quiet revolution can start in any town.

  3. I came to your blog via Let's Go Ride A Bike- totally stoked! I am so happy that you enjoyed our cycling culture- we do have it pretty good. It looks like you spent a lot of time in West Philly and Center City, which has some of the better infrastructure amenities (as far as bike lanes go) but the rest of the city is generally pretty hospitable as well. Your Philly series makes me proud!