Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Munich Germany (formerly Portland OR, Texas)
Bikes: '02 Specialized FSR, '03 RM Slayer, '99 Raleigh R700, '97 Norco hartail, '89 Stumpjumper
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again, i disagree. mayber where you live the attitude is different. I rode in the Austin TX CM ride and i think the effect was minimal b/c virtually no one noticed (30 riders among all the cars) and no one understood what we we doing and cycling is much less popular there -- recreational riding AKA Lance is popular, but only for recreational fun, not as a substitute for a Texan's personality indicator (one's car) and definition of self ("hi, i'm jack, i drive a '98 full size Chevy with 2" lift and Flowmasters...") ---- i lived 26 years in Texas, so i know
as i stated above, in Portland the CM rides are very well received by non-participants with most people reacting like it's a community parade (which it kind of is) and honking in support and cheering and whistling.
as with almost anything, there are bound to be a few rotten apples, but why should cyclists not gather and show their support for cycling and try and make their city a better, more friendly and safer place for cycling just because of a slight danger that a few rotten apples might make it bad?
Furthermore, if you're not one of those rotten apples, then by not going you INCREASE the chance that those rotten apples that DO go will make a bad impression -- i.e. they're going to be there anyway whether you approve or not, but if each "bad apple" is surrounded by 100 well-behaved cyclists, people probably won't see the bad side. and if as some of you claim, the CM rides give cyclists a bad name, well this is going to happen whether or not you participate. IF you do participate then you can help make it better. So as i see it, the only thing you gain by not going is that you can claim you are not associated "i'm not one of THOSE cyclists" --- and you can just hope that the movement dies out before it gets too much media coverage about the "horrors of cycling"
P.S. anyone know anything about the Munich CM. on the Berlin CM website there's a comment that says a Munich CM started in 2001 some time, but there are no details for where or if it still happens...