Four days of rental bike riding in Osaka have changed my view on the importance of infrastructure. Cycle lanes and bike racks are nice but are far less important than simply forcing car users to give way to bikes, discouraging people from using cars in the first place, and tolerating all considerate bike use.
However, my main take-away from the trip is this:
the fastest and easiest way to get more respect and consideration for yourself as a cyclist is simply to dress very well and ride very considerately.
If that sounds suspiciously like a seven-word summary of Mikael’s Cycle Chic Manifesto from a while back, that’s what it reminded me of too. It’ssimply great advice. “Clothes are your wings,” as a Korean saying goes – dress well and people treat you better. And act courteously and respectfully and you get courtesy and respect in return.