For the last few weeks, I’ve been driving the boys into Boston for this summer program they’re doing at BU. Now, it’s been a few years since I’ve lived in a major American city, even longer if you don’t count L.A. (and you can’t really count L.A., since it’s kind of another planet), so I think I’ve missed out on a pretty major change in American cities. No, I’m not talking about the fact that no one can hear anyone else because they’re all wearing earbuds or the tragic staying power skinny jeans have had among men aged 19-27.
I’m talking about the bikes.
There are bikes everywhere. I mean, everywhere. Dudes in slacks and ties, women in conservative skirts, old ladies with messenger bags, dads dropping their kids at daycare. It seems like half the city is commuting by bike with groovy panniers on the side or a snazzy wire basket up front. There’s even something called The Hubway, which is a system of bicycle socialism. Or maybe capitalism. Or maybe just mass transit alone on a bike.
Is this unique to Boston, or is this happening all over the country? Because, as they say up here in Beantown, it’s wicked cool.