Grist.org features 13 snapshots of well-dressed bike riders from around the world… but not from Seattle. So, where is our Cycle Chic movement?
It can be argued that the term “Cycle Chic” imposes an aesthetic that isn’t congruent with Seattle and all its hills, rain, and athletic orientation. Well then if not “chic,” how about casual, comfortable, simple, or relaxed? Even for the sportiest among us, does every ride have to entail clipless shoes and workout speeds? If complete adoption of Copenhagen or Amsterdam’esque stylish cycling seems disingenuous or even unrealistic, there should be a way to shift urban bike travel to something more inviting and less intimidating, while remaining true to the values and identity of Seattle, or to those of (your city here).
Idealistic? Not aiming high enough? Missing the point entirely? I’d love to hear your thoughts.