I began commuting by bike in Chicago out of frustration with the public transport system there. Then I moved back to Singapore and wrote a bunch of posts here related to cycling advocacy in the Singapore context. The situation there was much more backward compared to Chicago, and my frustration with it shows in the archives here. Nevertheless, I continue to believe that a transition to a cycling-friendly culture is inevitable even there. Weather is not an excuse. The weather in Chicago is much more brutal for almost half the year, and still there were lots more cyclists than there are in Singapore.
In August 2009, I sold my fixed gear bike and moved to Pittsburgh, where the conditions for cycling are about on par and arguably better than Chicago’s. I now ride a commuter bike with full fenders, a belt drive, drum brakes and an internal hub — all in anticipation of the winter months.
Correspondence is highly welcome at pstibb [aet] gmail [tod] com.