Will Higher Fuel Prices Result In A Bicycle Tipping Point?
The sort of tipping point where the masses See The Light. Suddenly people are abandoning their cars, joining the revolution, and pedalling to a new, brighter future. Not so much of a New Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land as a New Amsterdam (no - not that New Amsterdam).
Last week I filled up the car to drive home from visiting the in-laws in Wales. It was £1.37 / litre, and a fairly eye-watering experience! How much higher will prices have to go before people in general realise that they don’t have to drive everywhere?
And even if they do reach that point, will it turn out to be nothing more than an Indian Summer - past the mass populace’s perception of how to get around town, and nothing more than a passing fad?
Or worse still, will it just lead to drivers’ direct action (completely justified, of course), forcing the government to back down before you can say “War on the motorist [sic.]“?
Place your bets now…..
Meanwhile, here are some video clips of people experiencing the other kind of bicycle tipping point - the kind where you forget you’re wearing clipless pedals:
While mucking about, riding backwards ’round street furniture (I mean, really. Just how the hell did they expect this to end any other way?):
Or while training to go out and enforce traffic laws: