I have recently acquired a new computer, and that has caused me to spend much of the recent weekend rootling through all the data that got transferred from the old machine to the new, if only to get used to using Windows 7. In the course of this rootling, I came across this photo, taken almost exactly three years ago, on December 19th 2007. This at first got my attention simply because I thought it a striking picture. I had been looking for something to put on my personal blog. But then I realised, it’s transport related:
This kind of thing has become a much more regular part of the London scene than it ever was when I were a lad. Partly (guess) it’s the Green thing. Are there tax money and tax break bribes available for such enterprises, now, the way there never used to be? Partly (another guess - Michael?) it’s that London, which used to be a First World city, now has First World stuff, Second World stuff (in the form of huge and ugly Sovietesque housing estates) and Third World stuff, like guys making a living riding bicycle-taxis for tourists. I’m guessing that all the world’s cities are becoming like this, more varied within themselves, more like each other in there being the same kind of First-Second-Third World variety everywhere.
But I wonder, is there also a technological component? Have things happened to bicycle design and bicycle technology that make it easier to peddle such things than used to be the case?