Urban design facilitates cycling social interaction

      Cycling on stage “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players” […]

 

 

 

Cycling on stage

“All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players” (Shakespeare)

“Man is a social animal … society is something that precedes the individual” (Aristotle”

 

Direct social interaction is verbal, indirect social interactions is non-verbal. Both are important to our sense of place and wellbeing. Indirect social interaction is often overlooked in the built environment.

With people being a key ingredient of vibrant cities, we can design cycling infrastructure for better proximity interaction. For instance when we ride on the road, surrounded by cars, we put the cyclist into social isolation and alienate him from other humans.

This is one of the reason why it is smart to put the bike lanes next to sidewalks, with parked cars providing protection from moving vehicular traffic

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Promoting everyday cycling