Honestly, this wasn’t concocted. I didn’t plan to bring home photos of buildings drowning in bikes from my time last year at Harvard, and find all of those buildings just happen to be schools teaching creative degrees of some kind. But now that I have noticed a pattern, I would like to run wild with this thought, leap to conclusions, and generally generalise, first by saying that graduates of art, architecture and design programs are generally better placed to design buildings and cities for bikes, because more of them cycled as students, and second, that people who have never been cyclists (certain town planners? or some engineers?) look like white guys designing indigenous centres, when they try to design cycling infrastructure and facilities. They look vaguely condescending and secretly scared. Just as conservatives might look warily upon indigenous groups, there is a tendency to fear cycling becoming too wild, unless it’s appeased.
Of course, the other explanatory theory, is that creative schools all had to have brutalist buildings, as though concrete overhangs would provide their students with the requisite whackiness to be artistic. We know one thing: overhangs provided convivial spots to put bike racks.