Saturday, July 9, 2016

Iceland Cycle Chic

This past month I went on vacation to Iceland and back again to Amsterdam. Surprisingly enough,
Reykjavík has some protected cycle tracks and LOTS of cyclists, especially when the sun stops setting in the summer. My Airbnb host graciously lent me a bicycle and I took full advantage of it. Some streets are closed to vehicular traffic, while the main 60+kph thoroughfares have separate protected cycling lanes. Within the downtown core, traffic is calm and respectful enough that you don't even need signage that bikes belong. The streets belong to people. How civilized of you, Iceland, a country that isn't really European and isn't really North American either. It sits on the continental divide, a land of fire and ice settled by Vikings. Just doing its own thing.

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