Live to ride (and live riding)

I’d never been to Poland before last week, and I’m happy i went. One key to my happiness was the weather. It was unusually warm and sunny for the southern Baltic city. It’s normally much colder.

 

Outside our hotel, for example, a Pole was telling a Japanese visitor that, sure, any tourist would love Gdansk on a day like today. (It was sunny and in the 60s.) But just wait, he added, to see how you feel in a week when it’s 10 degrees. (Odd that he should use Fahrenheit instead of Celsius).

 

There were other joys. Bike lanes, for instance. And while I rode a rented bike only once, I admired how Gdansk had provided wide lanes for cyclists, who could remain off busy streets (and safe) while riding alongside them — all the while avoiding pedestrian traffic. Take a look:

A cyclist in Gdansk cruises safely along a path just for bikes. There are apparently nearly 300 kilometers of such lanes in and around the city.

A cyclist in Gdansk cruises safely along a path just for bikes. There are apparently nearly 300 kilometers of such lanes in and around the city. Squint and in the upper right you can see a pedestrian on the opposite path.