Always popular in Europe biking is becoming quite the rage in America.
(There is nothing quite as sexy as a girl on a bike. European women have this subtle way of attracting men down pat. They put on some cute heels and a skirt and attach a simple woven basket to the front and voila! They are irresistible!)
There is even a magazine devoted exclusively to girls on bikes. What about bicycles appeals to our aesthetic and soulful natures so very much? Is it some primitive sense of freedom we feel when our hair is blowing in the wind and our body is being propelled right through the air? You just can’t get that same feeling in a vehicle, not even a convertible. But I digress.
Probably the closest feeling to that of the unimpeded freedom of being on a bike is possibly roller skating or even snow skiing.
People are drawn to bikes for some many reasons. At the heart of the attraction may lay a very simple answer: it sparks the romanticism in people.
Throughout cinematic history, a pretty girl on a bike has been perceived as romantic. She seems so nonchalant and carefree and that might be her secret. It also allows even the most sophisticated, refined, and poised woman to let out her girlish side a little bit when she rides a bike.
People love bikes so much that they will spend thousands of dollars on the perfect bike. They will go to a bike shop and through a very arduous process and with the help of a salesman, design their perfect bike on paper, picking piece by piece and building it from the ground up. This process can take hours.
More and more cities across the United States are allocating budget dollars to build trails for its citizens to ride bikes.
In Minneapolis, an elaborate system of bike trails designed by the park system can keep a bicyclist on paths for days at a time and allow the biker to travel from the far remote corner of a metropolitan area to the other.
These greenways are becoming increasingly popular with urban dwellers.
Clubs and friendships are formed based on a love of cycling alone.
In Minneapolis, for instance, one group of men get together to ride 75 miles every Wednesday evening. Another group called Brothers Who Roll, make stopping for a beer at several small pubs a part of charting their daylong trek through the Twin Cities.
Bicycling is a worthy endeavor on a number of levels.
It is good for people in so many ways. It is good for them physically, mentally, emotionally, and dare I say, spiritually. In addition, it is good for the environment. As more and more people leave their vehicles parked at home and ride their bike to work, the ozone is thanking them.
San Francisco is another city very popular for bike riding. In fact, the movement to ride bikes has taken on epic proportions there and on designated days, bicyclists actually shut down all traffic in the city. They give fair warning to motorists, but it just goes to show you that whether it is a cute girl on a bike, a band of friends stopping at pubs, or a serious cyclist with a passion for the sport, bicycling is here to stay.