It must be awful being a cyclist in the Netherlands – the lack of hills, miles and miles of segregated cycle lanes and traffic laws that mean motorists are presumed liable – until proven otherwise – in collisions between cars and bikes. And then there are the bloody massive bike parking facilities found in many major cities – mega bike parks like the new 12,500 space utopian vision located beneath Utrecht’s new Station Square.
Gaze lovingly at the artfully blurred photographs of smiling, lidless riders, and wonder at architects who say things like: “Cyclists’ behaviour was also taken into consideration in designing the parking garage. The design provides a logical and safe routing through the bicycle parking garage…” or who think that providing bright lighting and good lines of sight to provide cyclists “a comfortable experience” is a ‘thing’. Now look at your bike, chained to some railings or crammed into a half-arsed afterthought at your local station. Stop crying…
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