I just had a great laugh reading over the comments on a bitch I posted a while back titled “bike It or not” (Nov 2.) Obviously some of the folks commenting lack critical thinking skills and did not get the basic meaning (perhaps I was too fictitious). Bicycles in cities are the future, along with public transportation. If you don’t believe me then do your own research.
People in the US and Canada get really offended anytime that someone speaks ill of cars. Cars have come to symbolize our individuality and freedom. And when this all important piece of our identity comes under criticism we tend to get really upset and take it very personal.
Cars are tools, just like a bicycle is a tool, to get us from one place to another. Just because the TV commercial for the latest car makes you feel all soft inside doesn’t mean that the car is more than a machine.
Are not people on bikes closer to pedestrians? Perhaps it is provincial law that bikes are equal to cars but not all laws make sense. And in the future this will change. I am not saying that cyclist should run red lights and blow stop signs. That would be silly and dangerous. And no I don’t pass cars on the right when they have their right turning signal on as one commenter suggested. I do not want to die riding my bike or in other accidental way.
When I said that cyclists are people too I was simply alluding to the basic fact that we are all people, we’ve all got to be somewhere at a specific time, and we all have the same basic rights as citizens. Yesterday on my ride home from work in a quite residential street a guy sped around me super aggressive like only to turn left ten feet in front of me and pull into his driveway. Should I have thrown by lock through his windshield? It would have been a good enough reason but I am not advocating violence.
So don’t take it personal that car culture (as in personal cars) is bound to come to a screeching halt in the not too distant future. Besides, daily cycling does wonders for your waistline and dramatically decreases your chances of hearth disease. And if you’re still pissed off after you read this one then you should really consider some exercise as sitting in traffic seems to be affecting your mood some terrible.
|Daily bike commuter|