So close, and yet so far… I’ve considered in the past setting up an offshooot of Copenhagen Cycle Chic for Edinburgh, but really I don’t think there are quite the number of ‘chic’ cyclists to sustain it, and I’d have to count myself in the non-chic group. While over the world the Cycle Chic concept has grown ever more prominent, from the small acorns of one photo by Mikael Colville-Anderson, here in Edinburgh I’ve only ever really managed a handful of such shots.
Naturally many of them are from around the university, but wherever I stake out streets and lanes armed with the camera, the proliferation of bright yellow and plastic hats renders the search for cycling ‘normalisation’ particularly fruitless. Sometimes you get a wonderful glimpse at what might be, but as I considered the idea further in Edinburgh it started to take on the approach of a satirical/sarcastic blog – extolling the fashion virtues of ‘cycling specific gear’.
Copenhagen, while flatter than Edinburgh, is subject to similar weather, but perhaps normalisation is something that can only happen when the powers-that-be start treating cycling not only as normal, but as ultimately desirable. We clearly have a chicken, and we have an egg, when it comes to getting more people on bikes in the UK, and at present they’re playing a game of ‘after-you’ that isn’t getting us anywhere quickly.
So in the meantime we’ll still have to be content with nice hats, suit, and work shoes, worn together with a big bright yellow tabard.