A while back when I was in Italy I began to notice something curious: the photos I was taking of buildings, streets, and monuments kept having bicyclists in them. And not just any bicyclists; the people I was inadvertently capturing in my photos looked absolutely fabulous. They were wearing suits and dresses and hats and scarfs. They seemed to be mostly professional commuters, but they looked like models who stepped out of Armani ads.

For the rest of that trip, I paid special attention to bicyclists. I had wanted to talk to some of them but, alas, I could never catch up (I was on foot). Still, they prove that a great city — e.g. many European cities — is navigable on two wheels, and without spandex cycling suits, helmets, or compromises. Here are a few of the people I noticed out on the streets.

This young gentleman:


This thinker who looks like he recently returned from a photo safari:


This lady in Milan who color coordinated with the sunshine:


This business man who is a master of the fitted suit:


This man who probably teaches PhD-level classes in la dolce vita:


And finally this couple out for a two-wheeled Passeggiata in Padua:


— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


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