15 May 2012
Not half bad: Green light for bike-friendly Barcelona
It's dispiriting to compare Barça's cycling situation with London's, too. The Catalan capital has gone from having no bike culture to a thriving one in just a decade or so.
I know which capital I'd rather live in too, and it's not just because of the two-euro bottles of wine and Mediterranean beachside.
Partly it's due to the system of cycle tracks round the city centre (top right), taking advantage of those wide boulevards. A bit skeletal, but useful; outside it, Barça's cyclists thread in and out of pedestrians in the narrow streets of the old Barrio Gotic, and nobody seems to mind much.
Whatever the case, the cycling scene is strong. And none of this hi-vis-jacket-and-helmet nonsense you have in London: like York, it's full of normally-clothed people just getting from A to B on two wheels.
Perhaps it's the missing front half of the traffic light in York I noted recently...
Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012