In his New York and then everywhere, from Europe to Japan to Latin America. " This point of view - faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person - became my panoramic window on much of the world over the last thirty years", writes Byrne in his book “The Diaries of the Bicycle” published in 2009.
" Through this window I catch glimpses of the mind of my fellow man, as expressed in the cities he lives in. (...) A cognitive scientist need only look at what we have made - the hives we have created - to know what we think and what we believe to be important".
A long break from the music
Perhaps he redefines his concept of well-being, which for a cyclist in a big city often coincides with the possibility of existing: Rome will also be spectacular, but it is also one of the least bike-friendly centers (in which Byrne finds himself), and the pleasure of the panorama is often interrupted by the scent of a pirate vehicle.
In Tokyo, contemplate the works of Yukio Nakagawa, virtuoso of the Ikebana, the art of floral composition; they are so elegant that they barely stand out from them as flowers. Then he takes his bike and is forced by traffic to speed along the sidewalks, slaloming among Japanese housewives with shopping bags.
"Most of the time it turns out the cars are merely using these highways not to have easier access to businesses and residences in the nearby city» writes in The Diaries, " but to bypass that city entirely”.
In the meantime he spends a year, then two: Byrne publishes more and more detailed travel diaries on his blog. It has not yet recorded a new disc.
No longer isolated, satellite communities such as Bellavita reach the terminals by pedaling. After a few more kilometers of bus, they find the city and all its possibilities for work and recreation. The idea of the TransMilenium is not new: it was inaugurated some time earlier in Curitiba, capital of the Brazilian Parana, and is beginning to spread like wildfire.
These are dark times, says Byrne; let's sift the world in search of good examples, born in small comminuties ("Hope is often local") but replicable everywhere. I'll start by listing some, adds Byrne. Among the first that he proposes, seven years later, there is the case of Bogota.