Talking Headways Podcast: When Is My City Going to Fit?

This week, Mikael Colville-Andersen joins the podcast to talk about his book, Copenhagenize. Mikael tells us how his children influence his work and his feelings about bike culture. He also shares which innovations he believes help move bikes as transportation forward, and elaborates on his disdain for e-bikes and scooters — which recently received a lot of pushback on social media.

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    Pedelec (pedal-assist, not throttle) shouldn’t be so vilified. It makes cycling more viable for many. Hilly cities, hot/humid cities, older people, longer commutes, those with health issues that may not allow them to use a standard bike (older age, joint issues), cargo bikes, etc are all issues that can legitimately benefit from pedelec. The excessive speed is an issue with some newer bikes (e.g. 28 MPH), but 25km is less than 16 MPH which is not too fast, nor is it much faster than an average adult cyclist on flat ground.

  • Frank Kotter

    The problem is not his disdain for the technology, it is his personal disdain for people who use it. (also anyone who rides a peddle bike he finds not stylish enough, or anyone who rides a bike in tight clothes)

    He is a terrible ambassador.

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