You can't be wearing a bike helmet and messing up your hair before work. Fact: Hair products are not portable, and are not designed for use outside of your home bathroom or a hair salon. And let's face it: Your hairstyle is a work of carefully crafted art, not something that can be rushed.
We need something like this in the U.S., I told everyone when I got back home. Impossible, people would tell me. Special bike lanes are strictly a European thing that would never fit in our newer, auto-dominated cities
For longer trips (such as the 8-1/2 mile jaunt into downtown Portland), I've been using my bike. Portland has one of the country's best biking cultures, so this is easy to do. And fun. And it's cost effective. How cost effective? That's the real question, isn't it?
I no longer felt that this car reflected who I was, that instead it represented all of the things I didn't want in my life. It was the opposite of what I wanted -- it was stifling, expensive, inefficient, and unnecessary.
Copenhagen has ambitions to increase the number of two-wheeled-commuters to 50% by 2015, and I hope they achieve it. Even more, I hope their progress sends a message far beyond Denmark and encourages the rest of the world to adopt pedal power, the ever-renewable-energy source.