Chic Cycling

Cycling attire can be stylish. This is the Copenhagen Cycle Chic Manifesto:

- I choose to cycle chic and, at every opportunity, I will choose Style over Speed.

- I embrace my responsibility to contribute visually to a more aesthetically pleasing urban landscape.

- I am aware that my mere prescence in said urban landscape will inspire others without me being labelled as a 'bicycle activist'.

- I will ride with grace, elegance and dignity.

- I will choose a bicycle that reflects my personality and style.

- I will, however, regard my bicycle as transport and as a mere supplement to my own personal style. Allowing my bike to upstage me is unacceptable.

- I will endeavour to ensure that the total value of my clothes always exceeds that of my bicycle.

- I will accessorize in accordance with the standards of a bicycle culture and acquire, where possible, a chain guard, kickstand, skirt guard, fenders, bell and basket.

- I will respect the traffic laws.

- I will refrain from wearing and owning any form of 'cycle wear'.

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Or see this TED talk on the subject.)

Note: These pictures are all from Europe where cycling is a typical everyday mode of transport, so the roads and environment is much more bicycle friendly than we find in America. As a result, helmets are much less used and are considered less necessary. Due to current conditons, Kauai Path recommends that all cyclists here wear helmets, and it is a state law that all children wear helmets when cycling.