Grateful for Europe giving us a new perspective on bike riding – apologies for the political statement here … Bike riding should be easy if we want to encourage people to do it (and we should). Compulsory helmets prevent people riding bikes and certainly prevent the hop on hop off stations of subsidised bikes that are all over Europe and well utilised. Bike paths are necessary to keep cyclists safe and cyclists need a change of attitude too – you don’t need lycra and a road bike for commuting – you need a comfy bike with a chain guard and a mud guard and a whole bunch of other cool things like lights you connect up to your wheels so they don’t need batteries.
In this photo (pedestrian mall in Frankfurt) each tree either has a seat or a bike rack around it – having about 10 bike racks for the whole of Rundle Mall is clearly not enough! Get with the times South Australia and make cycling easy for people!