Okay, so it's time for those of us heretofore known as NON-VC to give a name to the way we ride.
Let's stop being a negative. Let's be something positive. I'm sick of the one party system here in A & S. I'm sick of being labeled by others. If I'm going to wear a label I'd rather that it be one that I chose for myself.
So here's your chance to "Name Your Cycling Technique". If John Forester can do it then certainly so can you!
Give it a name and a brief description. Or if you see one you like in this thread and feel you want to join that technique add your name to that list.
It's time for some diversity in here!
So here's mine:
I name this cycling style in honor of my teacher and mentor, Keith Johnstone- the inventor of Theatresports.
I ride because I love the freedom that a bicycle gives me. If I wanted to be locked in a linear world and to be wrapped in a steel cage I'd drive everywhere in a car. Bicycles are the most adaptable means of transport in the world. They can be strictly utilitarian or they can be just for fun. They can be ridden on mountain trails, on streets and highways, bike paths and bike lanes even occasionally on a sidewalk!
I've toured and mountain biked, raced and commuted. Sometimes I'm on a folder, sometimes a tandem, sometimes a heavy commuter with bags of groceries, sometimes a road bike.. and I love adapting the way I ride to various circumstances, locations, countries, cities. When in Rome I've ridden as the Romans do- yikes! Whether it's in Naples, Italy or Naples, FL on the cobblestoned, trolley tracked streets of Lisbon or the trolley tracked streets of Boston the only consistent rule is to stay positive, be alert (the world needs more Lerts!) and to say- "yes!".
Does this mean I break traffic laws?- no. Does it mean I ride vehiclularly?- when it suits the situation- absolutely. But as someone recently said in these threads anything I do that fits VC technique is purely conincidental.
But what's the technique you may ask? It's more a way of thinking (or not thinking but doing and responding) and seeing what's around you than a set of rules. Similar to what Robert Hurst refers to as an "art" in "The Art of Urban Cycling".
So that's mine. What's yours?