Mostly foolish assumptions. I have cycled frequently in Portland and Vancouver (where I was paraded by an escort of police motorcyclists as a distinguished visitor, when I would have rather just cycled in from the airport like any other unknown cyclist), and I know a lot about Amsterdam. I know nothing about Bogota. Your belief that Amsterdam's bikeways promote cycling is entirely wrong; the bicycling mode share declined over the bikeway era. Vancouver doesn't need bikeways; for decades it had a strong cycling community (strong for North American cities). Neither does Portland. However, Portland has been trying to redesign itself on the Amsterdam model of very inconvenient motoring, and, because it started from the usual NA low cycling mix, it has increased cycling, but to still only a small portion of the total area personal transportation travel.Originally Posted by randya
I find that your belief in the great good produced by these small increases (not counting the reduction in Amsterdam) in bicycle transportation to be naive and disingenuous. You say that I am "[W]ay too pessimistic about the future and apparently way too set in your beliefs to think 'outside the box' for even one instant."
I presume that you mean that I have conventional thoughts, in that I understand the utility of personal motor transport and the urban changes that it has allowed people to make. In that I am conventional, as, of course, are most people. I therefore presume that you have other ideas. As for pessimism, you may mean that in two ways. First, that I think that the present system has sufficient utility that it will continue unless there is some great change in circumstances. Whereas you apparently believe that the great change desired by the anti-motoring community is around the corner. The second interpretation of your claim of pessimism are my statements that the cycling community does not have the political power to produce the urban changes desired by the anti-motoring community. Well, despite thirty years of trying to produce such changes, it hasn't managed much yet. And don't say that it was the cycling community that produced the changes in Portland; many other and much stronger forces worked on that.