Towards A Slower, Simpler, More Civilized Bicycle Culture | @hushvancouver

There are two types of cyclists in the world: militant cyclists and civil cyclists, as pointed out by Copenhagen’s Bicycle Program Manager, Andreas Røhl. If you’ve spent any time on two wheels in our fair city, you’ll recognize the undeniable fact that Vancouver is dominated by the former: Gore-Tex clad Super-Dads, hunched over mountain bikes decked with “One Less Car” stickers, pedaling like maniacs with scowls on their faces. They are an unfortunate product of their environment, which contained some of the most historically unfavourable conditions in North America: inadequate and unsafe bike infrastructure, an incredibly wet climate, an unforgiving terrain, a misguided mandatory helmet law, and a MEC-mentality that pervades everything we seem to do outdoors.