Enforcement can have the inverse effect
I live in a small city which is extraordinarily easy to cycle through.
Everything is a short distance, the cycle infrastructure is kept tidy and there is a distinct absence of anything that could even remotely be considered a hill.
One issue that keeps cycling down (if there are any) is that unscrupulous ball-bags1 tend to steal bicycles rather often, there are even remarks that “bikes are socially owned, you never own one personally”. Which, if you enjoy having a bike with good gearing and a high degree of comfort (especially one that cost a lot) is unsettling to hear.
The advent of e-Scooters all but eliminated these worries, they are a communal asset, they are sufficiently fast, low effort (so you’re not sweaty when you arrive) and ubiquitious enough that you can be fairly certain you will find one. These nippy little things are also fantastic on the cycling infrastructure, going...
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