One day, while riding into work on my bike, another cyclist caught up with me. We talked pleasantly for a while. Then he mentioned something about getting involved in the battle for bike facilities in our area.
The last thing I wanted to do was to offend my new friend. I certainly didn't start out to be offensive. I just blurted out the truth (as I saw it for myself.)
"I'm not that interested in waiting for the government to give me places to ride. I'm not against it, in priniciple, I just don't have time to wait for them to do something. Heck, I just bought a map of the city and surrounding counties and planned my own routes on the streets."
After that, he didn't seem very interested in me. Do I have to be "Politically Correct" before some folks will listen to me?
I personally like the idea of planning my own routes on the streets instead of being confined to a few poorly planned "bike routes." I did it myself without much help and I didn't have to wait on "speedy" local government action.
Am I against government action? No. I would like to see more government action, especially in yanking speeding motorists from the "map." Now that's a plan I can support!