I just found this on CNN. It’s an article and video of John Leguizamo advocating for bicycling in the city. Sounds like he knows what he’s doing, recommending lights on helmet, and front and back of bike. He talks about the wonders of learning to curse in multiple languages (’cause when you’re on a bike, you can actually hear what’s going on around you).
Check out the video here. I can’t seem to get it to embed.
Really, though, how much quieter would the city be if more people went by bike? Although, come to think of it, I’m not sure cities are any noisier than the suburbs these days. Every weekend I’m treated to a symphony of someone’s project car racing its engine, electric string trimmers, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, chain saws, you name it, by my neighbors. I should dig up some statistics on the average decibel level of city life versus suburban life.
One of the things I love about going by bike is breezing past stalled traffic in the bike lane. It really can be faster to go by bike.