The story is – at least to my mind – unexpected. It is unexpected in what the story tells, and it is an unexpected website where I first found the story.
I’m referring to the article “Cycling lessons from Mexico City” by Tom Wainwright, and I found the article not on the Guardian where it originated, but rather copied to a publication called Online Stock Trading. Who’d have guessed?
But what makes the content of the story unexpected as well? Perhaps it is my Americanized perspective, but to me Mexico City as always been a crowded, polluted city full of crazy drivers darting around honking horns like mad. Admittedly I’ve never been to Mexico City, cut clearly the worlds most populous metropolis must be a terrible place to ride a bike.
Not so according to Tom Wainwright. In fact, he claims that London should learn from Mexico City:
Well, Mexico City is nearly twice as big and faces social problems graver than anything Tower Hamlets has seen in a few decades. But its inhabitants are much, much more easygoing. Last week I saw a cyclist almost taken out by a thoughtlessly opened car door – he and the driver ended up having a joke about it. Would that happen in London or Leeds?
Like I said before, who’d have guessed?
The article really is an interesting read, and provides a perspective on what can be accomplished. Check it out.