I saw this over the weekend. My initial delight was undermined somewhat by the choice of punters represented, or more specifically, by the narrow range of occupations- seven of the nine interviewees are young creatives of one sort or another.I mean, if the point of the article was selling cycling to the masses, then a wider range of professions would have been far better.It's hardly headline news that hip young things cycle around the city. They've - we've ;) - been at it for years.Where were the 40+ age bracket?Where were the parents going to school?Where were the construction workers, the lawyers, the engineers, the town planners?Lovely photos and plenty of sensible advice (except for the helmet talk!), but a golden opportunity missed (and, possibly, the case for the 'mainstreaming' of cycling undermined, if the masses see it and think 'Well that's all well and good, but I'm not young/trendy/pioneering/etc.'?).
yay! Lovely to see my home town feature on your blog! I'll definitely be signing up to this scheme for the rare days I have no bike with me :) Tis a pity it covers quite a small area but hopefully when it's a roaring success it will expand... well I can dream. Agree with Robert that the Times would've done better to include a broad range of people who cycle, but hey, in an often very cycle unfriendly city, it's a start :)
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