This is the first summer since I was about 19 that I decided to give my shoes a break and get a bike for my commuting. Life as a cyclist has been interesting.
Two things that have really stuck out are:
1. Idiot bicyclists are as much a nuisance to other cyclists as they are to drivers. Of the close calls I have had since May, most were due to a-hole cyclists blowing red lights, going the wrong way down the street etc. etc. All the same things that piss me off when I am driving.
2. The incredible lack of bicycle parking, especially at businesses. There have been quite a few places that I have been to where I could have parked my car much closer to the front door than I could find a place to lock my bike up.
On the bike parking front, here's something really cool in Japan - a bike parkade ! The video is from the Washington Post but, I will admit, I first saw it posted at what is becoming one of my favourite urban sites: CoolTown Studios . Check it out for some interesting posts and ideas.