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Bike Culture in the Rust Belt (Pt. 5?)

January 21st, 2012 | Categories: People | Post Comment

Comparing Baltimore’s bike scene to Portland, Amsterdam or Copenhagen is an apples and oranges exercise.  Differences in local mentality, economics, policies and the physical environment play too much a role in how acceptable and feasibile bicycling can be.  The term “Rust Belt” was developed to describe once thriving, but now economically challenged cities in the northern hem of the U.S. 

The decline of GM, Beth Steel and accelerated population loss helped lump Baltimore into this group.  Even Tony Bourdain did a Rust Belt tour that included Baltimore. (Waking up this morning to a couple inches of snow reinforces the stereotype.)   Looking at how other Rust Belt cities are developing a bike culture can be more encouraging to Baltimore riders.  Here’s a look at what’s happening in Detroit…

Detroit Bike City from Alex Gallegos on Vimeo.



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