For those of you familiar with the famous 'I Am Canadian' rant, this occured to me as I was riding in to work this morning (yes, on Thanksgaving) in gorgeous sunshine and on clear roads.
I Am A Cyclist!
Hey, Iím not unemployed or a student
I havenít lost my license nor am I too poor to own a car
And I donít know Lance Armstrong or Floyd Landis
Although Iím certain theyíre really really nice
I have respect for all others on the road
I obey as many traffic regulations as you do
And I donít go on sidewalks unless itís to park
I proudly ride my bike to work everyday
I believe in safety, integrity and personal responsibility,
The environment and my health
And that riding my bike is a positive and noble effort.
I belong on the road and am entitled to an entire lane
And I donít deserve to have my life threatened by aggressive and impatient motorists
There are almost one million cyclists in Toronto
We havenít killed anyone, caused traffic jams or pollution
We are fathers, mothers, sons and daughters just like you
My name is Joe
And I am a cyclist!