I spent some time in Berlin last month, a lot of it riding bikes, and it was tremendously enjoyable: Dedicated bike lanes, little fear of theft. But it is different. Everybody’s on old clunkers bogged down with a thousand pounds (er, a bajillion kilograms) of fender, chain guard, off-road tires, baskets, bells, whistles, etc. So we go slow.
In San Francisco, biking will get you to your destination faster than driving. In Berlin, biking will get you to your destination a little bit faster than walking. But it’s great.
You can’t ride your fixie, but you can drink beer on the subway, so it all evens out I guess. Thanks, Kevin!