The Fascinating Way Bicycling Brings Us Closer Together

Published on December 15th, 2014 | by

December 15th, 2014 by

 
In each society, there are differences in how we treat personal space. Even from one person to the next, there are differences, but for the most part, each society has some norms. Seattle-based landscape architecture student Peter Cromwell, in the fascinating presentation below, shows what distances are normal “public distances,” what are normal “social distances,” what are normal “personal distances,” and what are normal “intimate distances.” He then proceeds to show how bicycling and good bicycle infrastructure put strangers within personal distances of each other (as well as social distances). Subtly, this connects us more. It makes us feel closer to our fellow city residents and strangers in general. It’s a great video. Check it out! (h/t PeopleForBikes)