I am Curious as to many regular and non regular posters in the A&S Forums motivations for spending the time and energy they do reading and responding to threads in this particular Forum. I ask partially because I am unsure anything ever actually gets resolved here, or how much the discussions that do take place contribute to real world bicycle advocacy and safety. So why bother?
To start, I post here because although I have been riding a bike for some time and am comfortable in traffic, and also fairly confident that most manouvers I make, even the illegal ones, are safe, I am still refining my riding style and views on what sort of facilities are appropriate or innappropriate for a future where more people use bicyles as regular transportation. I am also still trying to figure out what the best way to move towards that kind of a future is. I feel that at its best this forum provides a place for intelligent and interesting debate on these subjects as well as others. At its worst it is just a place for people who are allready completely set in their views to have flame wars where absolutely nothing is resolved, and people repeatedly make the exact same statements they did the hour or day or week before with minor tweaks to the wording. whats the point of that?
P.S. I would appreciate it if people did not spend too much energy responding to what others (including myself) say about their reasons for posting here or for what they say about the forum in general. Try and stick to just putting your own reasons down, I think it might make for interesting reading.