Byrne on Biking

28 May

Photo by James Estrin, New York Times. On David Byrne’s blog: http://www.davidbyrne.com.

Even if you’re not a child of the 1980s, you probably know who David Byrne is (okay, just in case, he is a musician and artist who headed up the awesome band Talking Heads).  You may not have known that he is also a committed cyclist and bicycling advocate.  Bryne used a bike to get around New York way before it was cool, like in the late 1970s.  More recently, he designed a number of very cool artistic bike racks for the city.

Yesterday’s New York Times had a great op-ed by Byrne that basically sings the praises of bicycling and bikable cities, including his adopted hometown, which will also soon see the introduction of North America’s largest bike share system.  The accompanying video, like the photo here, unfortunately shows him riding with his helmet resting in the front basket (?), but it’s still cool to watch him leisurely cruising along the Hudson River in white shoes and Ray Bans.  (Judging by how many times I used “cool” in the last two paragraphs, I guess you can tell that I think Byrne is… well, you know).

Byrne also has a book out called Bicycle Diaries that is now on my summer pleasure reading list.  Apparently it’s based on experiences and reflections cycling all over the U.S. and the rest of the world: he took a bicycle along whenever he went on tour.

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One Response to “Byrne on Biking”

  1. james luggen June 4, 2012 at 4:07 AM #

    His book is great because it echo’s my feelings on riding a bike. I read it 2 years ago then saw the bicycle racks in New York soon after, at least I thought it was one of the one’s he designed.

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