L.A. cyclist Roger Ruddick has a cool piece running on KCRW comparing L.A. cycling infrastructure with Rotterdam, a progressive bicycle-friendly city in the Netherlands.
Click here to hear KCRW story.
As Roger writes in his intro, “Rotterdam is not your typical Dutch city, with charming canals and gabled houses. Instead, with its wide boulevards and glass and concrete towers, the city actually resembles parts of Los Angeles– like the viewscape along Wilshire or La Cienega.”
Roger’s insights and interviews are intriguing as L.A. gears up for CicLAvia — To the Sea this Sunday, April 21.
Having taken a trip to Rotterdam several years back, I was personally amazed to see how well the city accommodates bicyclist parking at transit nodes. These amenities are quite common in the Netherlands. Just don’t forget where you parked…
Categories: Bicycle, Transportation News
I doubt that the U.S. could ever be similar to the Netherlands, even if it had the same bicycle infrastructure: whereas the latter has criminals who steal bikes, the former has an even more dangerous gun culture. Undoubtedly, criminals in the U.S. would take advantage of cyclists, either by robbing them at gunpoint for money or stealing their bike.