Why cycling in Horsham is going nowhere, in a single picture.
Flourescent bibs? Check.
Going nowhere near the road? Check.
These children quite plainly like riding their bikes. They are, unfortunately, examples of the very small minority of British children who have not been deterred from doing so by the obstacles and impediments that have needlessly been put in their way – the spurious need to be ‘safe’ on a bicycle, the unpleasant and subjectively dangerous roads that you are supposed to cycle on, the pavements you have to stay off.
Most other British children – the great majority – are unsurprisingly staying away from their bikes. They don’t want to wear helmets or flourescent bibs, they don’t like cycling on the roads, and when they do cycle on the pavement, they are treated like hooligans. They have to rely on their parents to ferry them around by motor vehicle, or on buses which are rapidly disappearing, or wait until they are 17 and they can acquire their precious driving licence.
Meanwhile, in the centre of a Dutch city –
You will see plenty of young children cycling, free from safety equipment, on roads that feel subjectively safe. All these pictures taken while I was enjoying a brief espresso.