This week I came upon a video on Facebook by Bicycle Dutch called “U.S. Cycling from a Dutch Perspective.” The video may have already made the rounds, but I’m posting it here because the (lack of) infrastructure and driver behavior in the U.S. and Chicago in particular have been on my mind lately, with several people I know being hit by drivers in the past year (including, of course, myself).
As the video says, “This situation makes clear why you are 30 times more likely to get injured as a cyclist in the U.S. than in the Netherlands.” This is a outrage and needs to change.
A few more choice quotes from the video:
“It almost looks as if these people are riding a race, rather than going home after work. They’re trying to outrun other traffic. It really seems like a chase.”
“There’s a lot of cycling here despite the infra[structure], rather than because of it.”
“There could be a good future for cycling in the U.S.”
I hope so.