Thursday, June 17, 2010

Why music doesn't work on a bicycle

The bicycle lives in the world quite apart from architecture. It requires more of your attention than a car or airplane, so multi-tasking (with, say, an iPod) can easily become a costly mistake.

I enjoyed David Byrne's Bicycle Diaries, a windy treatise on city cycling. It takes Byrne a bike ride or two to focus his busy mind, but when he does he sometimes comes up with truly refreshing perspectives. Like so many of us he works on a problem, goes for a bike ride...and comes up with a solution. Proving? That cycling does indeed clear the mind.

A tip of the helmet to David Hodge for the video link.