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Right before my very eyes as I stood on the City Bus heading to the California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park were the words – DREAMS ON WHEELS.

“Danish cycling Culture for Urban Sustainability” November 19 through December 15, 2009 at the South Light Court of San Francisco City Hall. (Designed by Inger & Jens Bruun of Scan/design Foundation)

Hopped on the Muni train to Van Ness stop and walked a couple of blocks to the city hall.  The sun was shining and the morning was crisp.   What better thing is there to do on the day before Thanksgiving than to go and look at this display of bicycles?

We also saw an impressive building and no less than 8 weddings being performed on the massive steps up to the newly installed Holiday Tree.

The display consisted of 10 booths each containing a bicycle, which demonstrated the changes and development of the vehicle.  One booth was dedicated to photographs of happy Danes wheeling along in the city with the most bike traffic and use – fascinating.

I was amazed by how wide the bike lanes were designed and how skilled the peddlers were.

On each wall of the booths were quotes….and a history, economic or environmental lesson.

Here are my first favorites in order that I collected them from off the walls:

“Without the cycle Denmark grinds to a halt!”  Famous Slogan

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.”    James E. Stares

“Everything is in the same gear even the old garden church spires, you yourself are the gliding camera. The bicycle is your centre in an entire universe.  It’s just like you’re rising dizzily among twisting spires.”
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“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.”  Grant Peterson

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.  Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”   Ernest Hemingway

“1/3 of the citizen of Copenhagen ride bicycles to work?”   www.Copenhagenize.com

Life in the world’s cycling capital…

With the leaders of the world meeting in Copenhagen December 2009 – This is something worth thinking about.

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Thu, December 3 2009 » Discoveries

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