In light of recent events and comments, I thought it might be nice to reprint this post from July of last year. If you ride a bicycle then you are one of a very small group of people in the Western World, and as such, should remember that each of us is important in the fight to create a safe place in the road for all of us to use.
Just who represents cycling? There are discussions about just that going on all over the place, these days. I was thinking about this as I rode around on Saturday.
Is it my family? An urban, international, professional, 30 something couple with three kids looking to find better ways to live our lives?
Is it the legion of young people who fly around the streets in the latest indy fashion and vintage bikes?
The DIY contingent could lay a claim to the title. Would they be right?
How about the stunt riders and BMX lovers? Are they less representative?
The messengers have been out there since the beginning, but they don't always get the credit for it. Are they less "cyclist" than anyone else on a bike?
Can we leave the beach kids, the ones without a care in the world, out of the picture?
Is it in the use, or not, of a helmet that represents us all?
When you look at it, we all represent cycling. It makes no difference if we are weekend road warriors, or utility cyclists, or single track riders, or bike messengers... when we are on our bikes, we each represent the rest, because it isn't about the bikes. It is about the people, the lovely, diverse, brave, pedaling people who ride, and they can not be pigeon holed. Nor should they be.
Ride on my fellow representatives! Show your pride. Shine with it. Ride with it.