We had been to the United States, last October. I am writing about our visits to different places over there in different posts. Still many are to come!
Until I saw these cycle stands in many places, students and even elderly people using cycles in the States, I thought that cycle was prominent only in China than other countries. Many students ride on the platform too! It was a happy sight.
|We noticed cycle stands like these in many places. This photo is from an SFO roadside. Cycles are available for rent too, it seems!|
|We stayed at Berkeley and visited San Francisco often via BART Railways. The inside of the compartment had separate place for parking cycles!|
|Another cycle stand at Berkeley|
|Cars also had attachments like this to carry cycles. They come to the trekking areas etc. by car and use their cycles to roam to other places inside the woods, hills etc. We saw cars like these in the parking areas of Muir woods. We saw extra attachments for taking cycles in the local buses too...on the front side of the buses! Many people use cycles here, which made me very happy...no pollution plus exercise!|
While writing this post, my son called from there. He laughingly said that he lost two cycles at Berkeley. Cycle theft is famous there than other thefts.
I wonder why our children are not using them now! My sons were going to school by cycles. Now, children mostly use school bus. But for that, they have to start early to school. The bus has to cover many areas to pick up students. They come back from school also very late in the evening. When my sons were admitted in school in Chennai, the Principal said that he would admit them in his school if we find a house within 5 Kms. radius from the school. We did that!
Hope things will change one day and everybody realize the importance of cycles! I know that parents are worried about our erratic traffic. Well...keep this point in mind! Let the children use cycles to go to nearby places at least!
Be happy and stay fit!