Although there are many practical reasons to ride a bike, whether it be for physical or mental health, environmental benefits, or the economic savings, not a lot is said about the pure elation. Joy is a good reason, and an especially alluring one when bicycles are afforded a safe route, near nature, without needing to worry about the threat of much larger, faster, heavier objects.
I was fascinated to read about a river cycling trail where there used to be a freeway and parking lots. Here in St. John's (Newfoundland, Canada) they are proposing to pave a couple of river trails to make them accessible to wheelchair users and cyclists and there has been a lot of opposition to the idea. The way people talk about it, you'd think they were going to build a freeway! I wrote a post about it that is also about some of my pleasures and reasons for cycling: https://wordpress.com/post/roadrageshow.wordpress.com/481.
I loved reading this post and a few others on The Possible City and will come back to read more. Wonderful drawings too!