July 9th, 2011

Challenge for readers who admire architecture and bicycles.

Would you believe there are still architects around, who would find ways to hide bicycle parking? And where to from there? Hiding the people? Bicycles confer life upon buildings, a point I would like to embed in our thinking with a quick quiz. The reader who correctly identifies the most buildings here pictured (all basking in the wholesome glow of the bike) will have their blog, or their fine selves, featured in my reader of the week segment, the segment that launched Cycle-Chic, Bike Snob NYC, and Phil Liggett's career.

I think you know what to do. Use the comments button below. Identify your good self. List them 1-10 in the order presented, and you get the prize! And now for some hints: I took all these photos myself, and the cities in which you will find each building are these:
1. Rotterdam, 2. Rotterdam also, 3. Boston, 4. Boston, 5. New York, 6. Florence, 7. Portland Oregon, 8. Chicago, 9. Boston, 10. Copenhagen. I shouldn't think many will dare have a crack, so am guessing 3 right answers might just be enough for line honours.

What is a pedestiran bridge?

A pedestrian bridge is the cake my Primrose baked to take to a party, leaving me to just lick the beater. It's a mirage. A decaf espresso. A coin glued to the pavement. You know, a pedestrian bridge is a married flirt, tempting cyclists to her entrance, then scolding us for ever thinking we might be permitted to ride. Nay, a pedestrian bridge is a long haired beauty with a thing against dudes, sent to earth to make us feel fiendish for inborn urges, for what could be so unnatural, so offensive, so fiendish, about wanting to ride a bike on a bridge?

I had a good mind to ride over Frank Gehry's Bridge in Millennium Park, Chicago, even if it meant going down there at 4 in the morning. It arcs and twists as though the designer's hand crossed the page at the speed I would cross his bridge on a bike. Had the line of the bridge left his hand at walking pace, it would be jagged, not fluid. So let's see this bridge put to the use god/Gehry intended, and remove the dopey no cycling sign.

When this experiment proves a success in New York, I am confident we will see America relaxing her "you know"...um, laws about mixing bikes and pedestrians.