Here's something to think about slowly: the Slow Bicycle Movement.
You're probably heard about Slow Food (the opposite of fast food, you actually get to sit back and relax while you're eating, it's an "eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world")
Then there's the Slow Planet website, which has interesting ideas about Slow Design ("using materials and resources in a way that respects the environment...[and] small-scale, local production and networks of artisans sharing
ideas and expertise;) Slow Travel (don't rush from place to place wondering if it's Tuesday and whether you're in Belgium;) and Slow Sport (this one I can't get into since it eulogizes golf, which is not a sport in my book.)
The slow bicycle movement is exactly what I adhere to when i cycle (as opposed to the Spandex Speeders who scream around and sow terror in the hearts of little tykes and dogs.)
For one thing, it's considerably safer to cycle slow. You get to watch out for traffic, cars and pedestrians who step off the curb in front of you. If you go slowly enough, you can actually hit that car door that's opened in front of you and not get injured.
Besides which, it uses less energy and you get where you're going to only a few minutes later...of course, I never cycle more than a mile or two.
If you slowly bicycle to work, you wouldn't have to petition your employer for a shower so you can clean yourself up, since you would not have broken a sweat in the first place.
And you wouldn't get your blood pressure up about pedestrians straying onto the bike lane on the Brooklyn bridge since you would just slowly sidle around them.
I have often mentioned that the difference between the way cyclists behave in the US and in Europe is a matter of their motivation. Here we seem to be in a hurry and the bike is a way of getting there and getting exercise at the same time. If you check out the pictures on the Copenhagen blog you would see that there are hundreds if not thousands of people cycling as an everyday activity in Copenhagen. No spandex and no helmets.