My Code For Riding – Part 1 – Introduction
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.
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.