Americans are in love with their cars, right? But even in New York bike use is growing fast and Chicago is putting in some work to define itself as a bike-friendly city. They have innovations other places could well imitate.
Chicago is mostly flat, which helps, though like Amsterdam it has wind to contend with.
We wouldn’t yet say that lots of Chicagoans are using their bikes for commuting or shopping, but there’s a good enough sprinkling of cyclists in any city street to encourage us to think that critical mass (the time when there are so many cyclists around that drivers automatically expect them) is soon to be reached.
In the meantime, Chicago has cycling signage around the city, dedicated cycling lanes and some great recreational paths.
The writer was the guest of The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.