Scott's picture

Oh do I dare dream of a North America like this? Sigh.

Amazing video footage of cycling outside of North America. Watch how they react to people cutting in front and getting in the way and stuff...


BCDon's picture

Finding your bike.

And you thought it was tough to find your car in the mall parking lot. Try to find your bike in amongst 10,000 others at a train station when eveything is covered in snow!

DarrenB's picture

Yeah, I dunno...

Traffic like that reminds me of this: While I would love to see a surge in popularity of cycling in the city, I also don't know if I could embrace having that many other cyclists on my route. Aside from a couple of dog walkers and a small group of joggers, I had the pathways entirely to myself today. I REALLY liked that!
dmodderman's picture

Bicycle Parkades

My sister was recently in Amsterdam and shot some photos of a 3-storey bicycle parkade!

I agree with DarrenB, moderation is key. I think I'd get claustorphobic with that many cyclists to compete with.

Scott's picture

I look at it this way...

the trade off... thousands of bikes congested and a few cars in the mix or thousands of cars congested and a few bikes like it is now here in North America.

Kind of a easy decision for me. I can sacrifice a path that I normally have all to myself for this.

RV_Rider's picture

not one helmet

isn't that interesting, not a helmet to be seen. No lycra either. It all looks very...civilized.

BCDon's picture

It is fascinating to watch

When I was in Greece a number a years ago my hotel room overlooked a busy intersection. I spent a few hours out on the balcony just observing the traffic flow.

As this was later in fall, I didn't notice a ton of bicycles but did observe the traffic behaviour for mopeds / motorcycles (and some bicycles), basically all things '2 wheeled'.

That, and many other intersections was your usual stop light set up but the crosswalk was about 15 to 20 feet in depth and rather than being a crosswalk as we know it, it was the are for "all things 2 wheeled" to filter forward to at a red light and wait for it to turn green. So, as this was a multilane road in a city, you'd see all these vehicles filtering to this frontal area - off limit to cars. Then the light would turn green and all the 2 wheeled vehicles would take off with the cars having to wait a bit and then advancing.

The majority of 2 wheeled vehicles would be smaller (like 50cc) scooters, yes, still a number of old 2-strokers.

But it was interesting watching the filtering and the motorized 2 wheeled vehicles trying to get away as fast as the could while the other 2 wheeled vehicles moved over to the right as they got in lines and the cars either followed or moved around them. All without any animosity that I could detect.

gyrospanner's picture

Seen that, too (in Italy)

The part I found really funny was the amount of noise and blue smoke emitted when all the scooters "gunned 'er" to get through the intersection!

Quite Comical, actually....

BCDon's picture

Europe is a gigantic step up

I've toured in France and Germany a couple of times (by bicycle) and found that the tolerance level of drivers there is just sooooooo much higher it makes you cry when you get back here.

A couple of examples:

1) Lost in Paris (I know sounds like a book title, I kept telling my 15 year old son we were sightseeing but he didn't buy it). Anyway, fully loaded touring bikes with camping equipment, labouring up a narrow side street of cobble stones at a crawl, get to the top only to find about 4 cars behind us patiently waiting for us. No horns, no speeding by, the street widened, we pulled over and they went on.

2) Gorgeous road, 1 lane each way, no shoulder though. Cycling along close to the edge of the road, truck comes up from behind us and straddles the center line. That gives us a TON of space. He does this even though it is a busy road and there is oncoming traffic. Oncoming traffic casually pulls over and drives on the edge of the road with right tires slightly off the pavement. Again, no beeping or animosity of any kind. Like they do it every day.

And lots of other stories like these.

The only time we had any kind of incident was when I was headed for a major autobahn which was closed to bikes. Someone stopped about a mile before I would have ended up on it and told me that I couldn't ride on that road - wasn't safe but there was a different road which I could take which would be much better. In broken English he directed to the other road which we found and had a very enjoyable ride from Charles DeGaul Airport into the heart of Paris!