Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wall Street Journal: Cycling in London



Interesting report from London, suggesting economic factors and supportive public policy are leading to more bicycling for transportation. According to research cited in this video, the biggest barrier to people traveling by bike is anxiety about "helmet hair" and perspiration. Really? Not safety or secure parking, but coiffure and sweat? Solution might be to ride slow without a helmet, hmmm?

Visit: Is Britain really getting on its bike, Bike Commute Tips Blog
Visit: London announces bicycling encouragement plan, Bike Commute Tips Blog
Visit: Morning bike commute in London, Bike Commute Tips Blog
Visit: Massive rise in London cyclists, Bike Commute Tips Blog
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips Site
Thanks to Jack Painter for the story link.

4 comments:

AustinBikeBlog said...

I can just see it now! Global Warming could have been stopped, if it were not for the dreaded scourge of HELMET HAIR!

Other than that part, yep, pretty great story. I do wonder, even though Boris is a cyclist, he's still a conservative... I wonder how he really feels about cycling infrastructure and such.

Anonymous said...

As gas prices increase, more people will also be using motorcycles and scooters and other motorized cycles. I would bet there'll be a new trend of "helmet hair" being fashionable...

chococat78 said...

Great story! But it is pretty lame that people don't want to ride due to "helmet hair" and "perspiration". Nothing a comb and baby wipes would not fix ;)

Dottie said...

That's great to see! My friend and I are going to London at the end of this week and can't wait to document the cycling culture there.