Friday, May 16, 2008

It's bike to work day



If you live somewhere like Portland, Seattle, or New York it's probably a pretty cool day to be out ridding a bike. But if your a average bike commuter, who doesn't live in a densely populated urban area, it's just another day out on a bike. While I like idea of lots of people riding a bike to work. Bike to work day fundamentally dissipation's me in that it is only one day. I know, its "bike month" and it happens to be to work week, and all top it of today is bike to work day! Its like they keep breaking down the level of accomplishment you need to feel like your doing something good for the planet and or your health / wallet (most people pick one and focus on it). Bike to work everyday, is to hard? ok how about doing it for a week? still to much? ok you can do it for just one day of the year! and since your lazy and need encouragement we'll make it a holiday! yay we'll eat cipo cake

6 comments:

bikesgonewild said...

...i pretty much agree w/ you on everything here...the one thing that i find bothersome is that the media basically kisses our ass for 'bike to work day' but the only other time they give us any attention is when somebody dies on a bike or some city's 'critical mass' gets critically messy...

veloben said...

Well at least there isn't a Drive to Work Day when it's open season on pedestrians. That happens all the time. Bike to work day is a start. All changes in public perception and behavior start small.

The problem with cyclist is we do like our victim/underdog status. Really what's the point? In this country everyone thinks they are a victim. There's a long line ahead of us if we want acceptance via victim hood. As you note the media loves victims.

I'm looking forward to the time when riding is so ubiquitous that some group seriously claims we victimize them.

erik k said...

veloben, one day we will wreak havoc on the smart car community, then vengeance will be ours!

veloben said...

Yes, I see it now. Bikesgonewild and I riding at night, swinging u-lock and kryptonite cable maces, the scene lit by the funereal fires of toppled Smart Cars.

bikesgonewild said...

...me ???...i want a flamethrower !!!
...if they try & take us down, i wanna leave a real mark...

...out in a flame of glory...

Charisse said...

You write very well.