Thursday 7 August 2008
The Economist notices cycling
The Economist has noticed the increasing use of bicycles in the United States due to high fuel prices. It also has noticed the increased number of cycling deaths and the apparent escalation of motorist/cyclist hostility, suggesting that both sides should learn better manners. After nearly two weeks of cycling in Europe, with its narrow streets, I was impressed by the courtesy shown by drivers. Rarely were we honked at, or forced off to move off the road. Without improved driver education in the United States, the increase in the number of cyclists is going to have dire consequences. It will be interesting to see whether the increase in the number of cycling commuters is a sea-change or will disappear as oil prices ease.