Push-bike wonderland…

by Fyse

In the world of Cambridge transport, the bike reigns supreme. Following the grand tradition of fabricating plausible statistics, I can confirm that 90% of students in the city own bikes, of whom 75% use them once or more each day. Lectures for the majority of people (65%) begin at 9.00am, and so it is a busy time. Flowing past two or three abreast, cyclists dominate the road and form an impenetrable barrier. Poor pedestrians wait minutes for a suitable break in traffic, before diving quickly from pavement to pavement. On the shared foot and cycle paths, streams of bikes part around pedestrians in almost biblical fashion, before crashing back in a maelstrom of spoke and handlebar. The natural progression of this uneasy coexistence of foot and wheel? Poor, benighted perambulaters reduced to hand signals any time they want to change direction. When I finally see a pedestrian with brake lights and a crash helmet, I’ll know I’ve really gone through the looking glass…