Originally Posted by Makoto Chan
I don't get why people would rather walk 30 minutes in the summer heat and humidity instead of ride a bicycle for 10 minutes. Or walk for an hour instead of bike 20 minutes. I'm talking about a slow ride to work, which is how most people commute around here. The people I'm talking about are all out-of-shape Americans. They should understand that if they exercised just a little bit on a daily basis, then a brief ride wouldn't cause them to sweat, and then they could be indoors and out of the heat in less time.
^ i heard in japan you can leave $5,000 bikes outside without locks and no one will steal it. Plus there's that video with a person walking around Japan with a bike bell spreading the Red Sea by dinging it.
its a little different here in the US. Bikes are under constant threat of being stolen, car drivers think they own the road, and pedestrians are just as bad when dealing with bikers. You can eventually figure out how to stream line a commute to make it a lot easier to ride to work here in the US. But it takes a lot of work just to figure everything out. Its so much more difficult to casually commute and do errands in the US compared to other countries.
^that said I don't understand why more people in the US don't at least try commuting by bike more often when they live less than 5 miles away from work. just going out and trying to do it would surprise >80% of the people of how easy it is to do, even when you're out of shape.