OK, actually a reason that’s not talked about enough…
So, what can bicycling do for us and our towns and cities? The usual reasons to ride a bicycle include: health, wealth, relieve traffic congestion, and (add two or three things you think of most).
Kasey Klimes, wrting for This Big City, says the following is the real biggie:
The most vital element for the future of our cities is that the bicycle is an instrument of experiential understanding.
Can one take a motorist and/or a suburbanite on a bicycle ride and turn them into a bicycling urbanist, or, rather, a sympathizer with things urban and alternative (to the automobile)?
It’s worth a shot. It’s worth a shot primarily because, yes, one does experience the world differently from a bicycle saddle. Once the experience has been had there’s no taking it back. So, incrementally, yeah, you can change hearts and minds with bicycle rides.