by Scott T.
Today is Bike to Work Day 2009 and I just wanted to put in a little opinion column:
You know what? We hear a great deal of moans about Bike to Work Day from our customers. We hear you. We rarely get here by car. It is a peaceful, wonderful, easy ride in that wakes you up and gets you ready for your day. But Bike to Work Week, all the grumbles come out:
“I’m driving to work on Bike to Work Day”
“It is a scary day to commute by bike”
“I am staying home”
We all know that sinking feeling of losing what makes us who we think we are.
MTV making your favorite band popular…
Seeing your worst enemy at your favorite dive bar…
Discovering that Chipotle is owned by McDonalds (even though it isn’t anymore)…
Learning that eggs weren’t bad for you all those years that you ordered egg white only omelets…
That band still made good music.
Your dive bar still had a cute bar tender that gave you free beers every so often.
Chipotle still makes a mean “food log”.
And now you enjoy those fatty omelets more than ever!
Riding a bike with a group of cyclist is fun. Conversely, riding a bike with a bunch of people at the bottom of the commuter-learning-curve is scary. I know it is too late for this year, but we should take these folks under our wing. We should teach them the rules of the road. We should teach them the basics of how to flow with cars and avoid their doors after they park. If we educate the masses, we will all be safer.
Or, we could just all stay home and let the newbies rule OUR street, listen to OUR favorite band, go to OUR dive bar, eat OUR food log and let’s forget about the egg yolks.
Nah, we have to ride! It is part of us.