Why are the Dutch and the Danes among the happiest people?

18 11 2011

European cities have had decades to develop cycling cultures. The Dutch and the Danes are said to be among the happiest people on earth, which I can’t help but imagine must have something to do with their bike culture. You find bicycle clubs for the elderly there, clusters of teenage boys with girls perched on the backs of their bikes, commuters chatting along the bike paths, which provide a natural mix of intimacy and distance. On a bike, the city shrinks.

—Pleasures of Life in the Slow Lane – a manifesto for bike lanes by New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman

via: http://curiositycounts.com/page/10




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