Not a Vacuum Cleaner
A bicycle may be only a useful tool to the Danes and the Dutch, comparable to a vacuum cleaner, according to Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize.com. This may be true for a population riding old clunkers in a sea of other old clunkers, for short distances, at a slow pace, on a protected infrastructure, and parking them amidst thousands of other bicycles which look pretty much the same, in a culture where bike theft is rampant. But that’s not us, and why we keep paying Mr. Colville-Andersen to tell us Americans how foolish and backwards we are when it comes to transportational bicycling is beyond me. We have our own challenges and issues, and we need to work on solutions specific to our situation. Orlando is not going to become the Copenhagen/Amsterdam of the great American South.
We love our bicycles. I took the above picture last week. This bicycle, with it’s pattern of Mexican Day of the Dead skulls, is clearly not a vacuum cleaner to this pretty young woman with the tattoos and pink streaks in her hair. It was decorated for her by one of her friends, and she clearly treasures it. And who wouldn’t? The technique for the decorations on this bike is decoupage!
It’s clever, original, and just perfect for her. And she does ride it for transportation.