Wall Street Journal Loves Bikes?

You might need a subscription to read this Wall Street Journal article, so I’ll paraphrase it here: it’s a glowing article on the miracles of bike transportation in Amsterdam and Copenhagen where an astonishing 40% and 33% (respectively) of commuters bike to work. Granted these cities are flat, but they also have phenomenal biking infrastructure that makes biking safe, practical and popular. In contast, the US remains woefully difficult (and often dangerous) to commute by bicycle in. More importantly, even here in San Francisco, popular culture seems adamant that using a bicycle for daily transportation is anathema to being a good American – a deeply set paranoia that is made all the more difficult to overcome given our astonishingly bad bicycle infrastructure. Even in Manhattan (the west side highway notwithstanding), getting around by bike is a challenging and gutsty proposition.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled that America’s leading business publication is singing the praises of the Danish and Dutch. Hopefully it means influential people are listening.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.