Good points made here! I’d certainly be “interested” in learning to ride a bike but it’s too damn unsafe for distances any further than I can already walk. It also makes the great point that bikes are more useful for local trips, like maybe a few suburbs away, rather than the huge radial trips into the city and out again that planners always plan for. I’m not surprised, either, that people in the outer suburbs also express high interest in cycling if safe paths are provided, because many of those areas are not designed at a walkable scale. Like, if the nearest shops are 30 minutes’ walk away you won’t do that, but if it’s at least safe to cycle, you could cover that distance in 10 minutes and not need to drive. Obviously it’d be better for every single neighbourhood to be walkable in the first place but baby steps, yo!
Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.