The Daily Beast had an article about the new urban cycling wave. Unlike most articles about tranportational cycling, which you have to read with a "glass half full" attitude, I thought this one was absolutely great until the next to last paragraph. The words "cycle Chic" do not appear anywhere in the article, and there's a lot of focus on the improvements in infrastructure in cities like Chicago and NYC. (no mention of Boston)
It was so good, I just wish the author (the owner of Public cycles in SF) had left out this one sentence
"Women are more concerned with style than speed." Some women perhaps. Others are more concerned with practicality than speed, safety than speed, convenience than speed. And of course there are some women who are speed demons and don't give a flip for style. Not to go into the issue of men who are interested in style (practicality, convenience, safety)
I appreciate that he appreciates how women are embracing bicycles as part of a healthy balanced life, and that women feel able to disregard the bicycle commuter stereotype in favor of riding their bikes wherever they happen to be going, in the clothes they happen to be wearing. I'll choose to ignore the implication that bikes are a trend, like Yoga.
And I agree with his last sentence:
"one thing is certain: everybody looks and feels better on a bicycle."