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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Human Scale Transport

On my lovely ride to Chorlton for groceries today (via the Fallowfield Loop Floop) I saw a few older folk on bikes.


I saw the lady with the bike parking up at the cross-roads at the time I went into the supermarket. When I was leaving, it looks like she had bumped into a friend and elected to push her bike for a while so they could chat. Bicycles are remarkably "human" modes of transport, travelling by car, these two would never have had their chance encounter and a chat.


I bumped into this chap locking my bike up at the supermarket, he was sorting out a puncture. He seemed very impressed with my bike, mainly because he didn't know they still made, "Proper bikes." I saw him again on my way home via the Floop and I rode with him for a few minutes chatting about where he got his bike from and how he enjoys it because "It gets me around."

The encounter left me in a good mood, and I hope I had the same effect on him. This is the sort of interaction which only happens when transport is on a human scale, another one of the benefits of cycling.

4 comments:

  1. Very pleased to see you using the term Floop, the new official name for the Fallowfield Loop we coined on Twitter a couple of weeks back yonder. Hope it was our influence; that would be lovely! See you at Critical Hammas (you can use that too, if you like) later? xClara & Hettie

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  2. I remember seeing it on Twitter and thinking "Yes!"

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  3. I'm glad you captured the moments for posterity. Thanks for sharing and feel free to drop by me too, soon.

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