On Potato Omelets and Winter Cycling


Snow Sidewalk: Nadya Peek / Flickr

Alex Marshall of Streetsblog discusses how cultural norms affect us and keep us off our bikes in winter in North America, comparing New York to Amsterdam with a side dish of Spanish omelettes.

As we head into spring and the warmer months... I’m sure I will once again start riding regularly. But maybe next winter, or the one after, I may make different choices. Cycling as transportation is increasingly popular in New York, and as this popularity grows, I suspect we will reach a tipping point, to use Malcom Gladwell’s famous phrase. I look forward to a future, perhaps not so long away, when even the fairest-weather riders like me venture out in even the worst of weather, doing so as easily as taking a bite of an easily-made potato omelet.