There’s a trend I’ve noticed, wherein prominent bike authors known for exalting the vast virtues of the bike seem to also predict – even promote – the odd notion that as the predominance of cycling rises, it must also become boring.
Now, I get it that the Danish wear their normal boring work clothes on their normal boring work commutes. But I’ve been riding to work wearing regular clothes for most of my adult life, and never has the act of cycling felt boring. Whether solo commuting to a job every day or bike partying til the break of dawn, there’s nothing at all boring about riding a bicycle.
In a recent Salon.com piece, a noted cycling writer predicted, “I see it as becoming kind of a boring thing in the next five years, actually. And that would be a good thing. You don’t think about going grocery shopping as an exciting adventure, normally, but when you go by bike now, in most cities, it is. The idea is that in five years, it probably won’t be that way. It’ll just be what you need to do after work.”