Suburban Assault

My Code For Riding – Part 1 – Introduction

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Since I really  hate long blog posts, I’m going to break this down into several post. Please see the links below to read more.

INTRODUCTION:

Seems like I’ve been reading a lot of animosity between bicycle groups throughout the DFW Metroplex. Different classifications of riders poke fun at how the other dresses and rides, the vehicular cyclists are doing their best to criticize the work of some urban, non-sport awareness efforts, bike lane advocates verses bike lane opponents. Why can’t we all just get along?

We’re cyclists – two wheels (sometimes more, sometimes less) and two pedals, trying to get from place to place and enjoy the ride. We should have the same goal in mind, to promote bicycle advocacy and building a strong bike community by getting more folks to ride. When we bicker back and forth about the solution for making DFW a better place to ride, we start to lose our momentum.

I’ve been wondering where I fit in all this world of cycling disagreement, and I decided to sit down and write out MY Code For Riding to explain the type of bicyclist I am. I want to share the rules and limitations that I put on myself before I decided to get out and ride around my town. Please note that this perspective changes as I become more comfortable on the road and gain experience. However, the basic code that I started with (flawed or not) gave me (and hopefully other riders like me) the encouragement to venture outside of my neighborhood.

I’m hoping that these posts about My Code For Riding will help me articulate the type of rider I am and why I have certain opinions about bicycle advocacy. I’m not saying I’m right or wrong, but at least you can understand my perspective and possibly relate to some of my positions on the subject.

Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – About Me
Part 3 – Where I Ride
Part 4 –  What Kind Of Rider Am I
Part 5 – Bicycle Advocacy
Part 6 – Conclusion

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Written by dickdavid

October 15, 2009 at 6:00 am

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  1. […] Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – About Me Part 3 – Where I Ride – Coming Part 4 –  What Kind Of Rider Am I – Coming Part 5 – Bicycle Advocacy – Coming Part 6 – Conclusion – Coming […]

  2. Amen, though I think some of the animosity is like that between the English and the Scots. They hate each other, but if you’re a German and pick on one, the other will rip your throat out.

    Steve A

    October 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    • Today gave me hope. To see so many different types of cyclists enjoying a ride together made me feel hopeful about DFW biking.

      dickdavid

      October 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm

  3. […] Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – About Me Part 3 – Where I Ride Part 4 –  What Kind Of Rider Am I – Coming Part 5 – Bicycle Advocacy – Coming Part 6 – Conclusion – Coming […]

  4. […] the road is the safest way to cycle around town. I’ve read countless points that identify how vehicular cycling should be practiced by anybody who commutes by bike. I tend to believe that these riders, who have […]

  5. […] Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – About Me Part 3 – Where I Ride Part 4 –  What Kind Of Rider Am I Part 5 – Bicycle Advocacy Part 6 – Conclusion – Coming […]

  6. […] Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – About Me Part 3 – Where I Ride Part 4 –  What Kind Of Rider Am I Part 5 – Bicycle Advocacy Part 6 – Conclusion […]


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