This post was inspired by an article on Copenhagenize.com called Cycling Isn't 'Fun', It's Transport. Fun is surely a matter of opinion and personal preference or choice, and not something up for debate: it's fun, no it's not, yes it is, no it's not, yes it is, is a conversation on the edge of insanity, no? Buried in that confusing and non-linear article (I am all for confusing and non-linear articles, except when they are posing as discussions of serious topics. In that case, I advocate a linear, structured argument that one can actually follow, and agree with or disagree with, instead of a string of contentious, half-related statements that seem to be leading somewhere advocating something) seems to be the idea that it would be more effective to market cycling as a means of transport rather than being fun. And that's about as much as I can logically distill from it. Rather than taking the bait and getting reeled in, I posted a truthful comment over there: the author of that blog made cycling fun for me today on my commute to work. I did grit my teeth, set my jaw, wear black, and chant "cycling is not fun, cycling is definitely not fun..." and was laughing within a couple of minutes, having fun.
I'm pretty confident that most people have a different idea of fun than I do. I am equally as confident that cycling is not the fastest way to get from A to B in the city where I live. Some common trips within this urban area are 35 or 40 miles each way. I could ride that on my bicycle, but no amount of cycling infrastructure or cultural shift is going to make it quicker to cycle that distance than drive it, in this city anyway. And since we are just a week or so away from several months of daytime temperatures above 100F (which I have been looking forward to for months, but that's just me), I don't think you could claim it would be more comfortable or convenient than riding in an air conditioned car. However, I could and do make the argument that it's a hell of a lot more fun. But that depends on your idea of fun. If it's not your idea of fun, though, I doubt any of those other arguments is going to convince you to bike it on a summer day, either. I'm not sure what will, at least between now and when the last drops of black gold get pumped out of Athabasca. Which is still a few years off, at least. In any case, "more fun" or "better transport" are both pretty crappy arguments to get someone to switch from cars to bicycles. You'll have to do a lot better than that if you want to "Copenhaganize the planet". Get up. Go ride.