Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing pointed me to a fantastic essay at the Sustainable Cities Collective website on the way people’s perceptions of their city changes when they experience it on a bicycle.
Given that I haven’t owned a car since I moved to Sweden in the summer of 2002 (and Dr. Darling has never owned one), I totally get where the writer is coming from…I know Malmö in a much more intimate way than any other place I’ve ever lived.
Of course, there are drawbacks. Despite having a pretty decent map of the city living inside my head, I’m usually at a loss to provide directions to drivers because I navigate by landmarks rather than street names, (many of which have names that are still unpronouncable to me after years of Swedish language training).
And don’t even think about asking me where to find parking. :^)