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Old 05-17-13, 02:07 PM   #1
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A Bike To Work Article in my local paper. Ugh.

The Daily Times BTW Article Today (Salisbury, Maryland) May 17, 2013.

http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/2...ightening-trek

{sarcasm** What a great article to make people consider biking to work!{\sarcasm**.

Let me summarize:

Biking To Work (BTW) is dangerous, impedes traffic, ruins your hair,
makes you stink, disrupts the life of your wife and child, is slow, and
illustrates the low quality of your job because you are biking to work.

Jeeze.... I feel encouraged!

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Old 05-17-13, 04:35 PM   #2
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Yep, kinda self-centered. He rode 6 miles to work, by gosh! Comparing himself to Upton Sinclair was a real stretch. On the other hand, he may balance all of those other pubs urging people to bike because it's the road to nirvana. Face it, riding to work does bring many benefits, but we shouldn't ignore the negatives in describing our practice.
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That type of commute would be ideal for a cheap electric bike to cut down on the sweat factor (a big problem for office job dwellers IMHO.) That area appears to be typical of rural and/or suburban areas whose roads were designed only with cars in mind which can make commuting by bike a challenge.
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I ride 6 miles to work and the time it takes me 16 to 22 min. and that's stopping for all stop lights and stop signs and what bike I ride that day.
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Yep, kinda self-centered. He rode 6 miles to work, by gosh! Comparing himself to Upton Sinclair was a real stretch. On the other hand, he may balance all of those other pubs urging people to bike because it's the road to nirvana. Face it, riding to work does bring many benefits, but we shouldn't ignore the negatives in describing our practice.
I'm kinda curious as to what these "negatives" are that you speak of....
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I'm kinda curious as to what these "negatives" are that you speak of....
Oh, you know. Missing the comeraderie of the gym and staring at a wall while you exercise, or failing that, the friendships that you'll strike up while in hospital for your triple bypass. The cardio exercise that's provided by stress of being stuck in traffic. Time to eat donuts and drink coffee while you stare at the back of the next car in line. The chance to put more miles on your car and support your favorite oil conglomerate. The ability to arrive home still holding all the stress from your job and bring that into your family. There are many more benefits that you'll miss out on if you cycle instead of driving!
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I'm kinda curious as to what these "negatives" are that you speak of....
Yeah, I reckon I need to rethink that. If I scrunch my face up I think I just may decide that I enjoyed the sting of sleet hitting my face in winter, swallowing bugs (gotta try to keep my mouth closed more), repairing a flat in a downpour, losing a pannier going over a speed bump and seeing it squashed by the car behind. And, oh, I really liked the time earlier this year that my crank arm broke while climbing out of the saddle. My coworkers and I had great entertainment watching the crepuscular color changes of my hemotoma on my elbow.

Hey, it's been a great year so far.

Seriously, the enjoyment I get far outweighs the negative, but the not so fun stuff still happens.
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This years bike week seemed to bring out the worst people to represent cycling in the news.

WGBH in Boston posted a video of an employees commute: http://www.wgbhnews.org/post/cambrid...isky-bike-ride
I cringed watching it. He rode in the door zone and towards the end, he tries, unsuccessfully, to squeeze between a bus stopped for passengers and a parked car. Plus quite a bit of sidewalk biking.
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Oh, you know. Missing the comeraderie of the gym and staring at a wall while you exercise, or failing that, the friendships that you'll strike up while in hospital for your triple bypass. The cardio exercise that's provided by stress of being stuck in traffic. Time to eat donuts and drink coffee while you stare at the back of the next car in line. The chance to put more miles on your car and support your favorite oil conglomerate. The ability to arrive home still holding all the stress from your job and bring that into your family. There are many more benefits that you'll miss out on if you cycle instead of driving!
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Yeah, I reckon I need to rethink that. If I scrunch my face up I think I just may decide that I enjoyed the sting of sleet hitting my face in winter, swallowing bugs (gotta try to keep my mouth closed more), repairing a flat in a downpour, losing a pannier going over a speed bump and seeing it squashed by the car behind. And, oh, I really liked the time earlier this year that my crank arm broke while climbing out of the saddle. My coworkers and I had great entertainment watching the crepuscular color changes of my hemotoma on my elbow.

Hey, it's been a great year so far.

Seriously, the enjoyment I get far outweighs the negative, but the not so fun stuff still happens.
Y'all have no sense of irony.....
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This years bike week seemed to bring out the worst people to represent cycling in the news.

WGBH in Boston posted a video of an employees commute: http://www.wgbhnews.org/post/cambrid...isky-bike-ride
I cringed watching it. He rode in the door zone and towards the end, he tries, unsuccessfully, to squeeze between a bus stopped for passengers and a parked car. Plus quite a bit of sidewalk biking.
The WGBH guy is an idiot. First for thinking he is an experienced cyclist. Second for calling it bikecycling. Third for committing a hit and run. Fourth for posting the hit and run. And fifth for ALL the other stupid riding he did.
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Judging from the site it doesn't appear to be a newsworthy credited journal.
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Also here is a perfect place to leave this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8zZdLw7cs
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Also here is a perfect place to leave this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8zZdLw7cs
Meeting and perhaps having a discussion with Mikael Colville-Anderson would be an occasion I could relish into my 'rocking-chair years'.
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SALISBURY — The speed limit on this two-lane blacktop is 50 mph. You can barely break 20 on your seven-speed, Avalon men’s cruiser bicycle

OK, so the guy has a garage queen from Target. Loses oodles of cred with me right there.

It isn't about informing the public. It's all about stirring up emotion. Getting people fired up is what sells papers, and the stuff that they advertise. Marketing 101 in the school of hard knocks.
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It isn't about informing the public. It's all about stirring up emotion. Getting people fired up is what sells papers, and the stuff that they advertise. Marketing 101 in the school of hard knocks.
In a way, it's also about isolating regular commuting cyclists as part of a fringe society. The trouble with this is that it reinforces the minds of others against a practice that ain't all that bad.
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Well, it takes all kinds. Doesn't seem like the journalist will become a regular bike commuter anytime soon. But hey, we all know from the low participation numbers that using a bicycle as basic transportation is not for everyone, else more would be doing it. At least the writer gave it a try, but from the tone of the article, it sounds like a forced assignment.
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Ha, I occasionally run into the same problems as I would in a car, getting cut off, or tailgated, or honked at, or stupid comments, and even the rare time I get stuck in traffic because it is too congested for my machine to traverse, so i have to wait like all the motor vehicles. On a bike (or in my case, trike) all those incidents seem trivial and I forget about it 5 minutes later, whereas in a car, I'd fume about it for miles and arrive at my destination stressed. It would have to be a pretty horriffic incident for me to arrive stressed on the trike. As long as I don't get hit, it's all good. People who drive think it's more stressful to be out there in a vulnerable position, but I don't think so... it's a different perspective and really not that scary... and every day I hope that I don't get into an accident, the same as when I went out in the car.
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He rode 6 miles and won't have any energy for chores? And he'll be so sore he can't sleep? Wow, he must be in truly, truly horrible shape. 6 miles is my commute, and when I first started riding it I actually felt energized afterwards! Not only that, but I started sleeping better, not worse. I was not in great shape to start with, and I'm not much better now, but it sounds like this guy really needs to get a lot more exercise.
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it sounds like this guy really needs to get a lot more exercise.
Most of the North American population does, sadly.
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In a way, it's also about isolating regular commuting cyclists as part of a fringe society. The trouble with this is that it reinforces the minds of others against a practice that ain't all that bad.
I think I've discussed it before in this forum. Definitely agree that many articles on cycling reinforce this thought..especially these "I biked to work once and..." articles.

Instead of the "journalist" reporting on how horrible it was, step back and look at the situation objectively..

The first time I flew in a plane. The first time I drove a car, drove a car on the highway, drove a car on a major 8+ lane highway, drove a manual 5 speed into town, rode a motorcycle .. these were all to some extent white knuckle experiences. The same kind of experiecne that riding my bike to school, then later to work was, almost a decade ago.

Do I do all of these activities regularly now without a second thought? Yes.

For a journalist to do something once and whine about the negatives is bad journalism. At best, its an episode of dirty jobs.. an entertaining show, but to the show's credit (and unlike these silly articles) also praises the people who are doing the job instead of marginalizing, patronizing them, etc.
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Wow, that guy is a horrible journalist and a horrible writer.

He does bring up valid concerns that most regular cyclists are desensitized to. Maybe his goal - and this is supported by the last paragraph with the Sinclair reference - is to expose these concerns so that something is done to address them.
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first time I rode to work after many years off, I thought maybe it wasn't the best idea I ever had. It does take a while to get into it. Now, if I drive I go home and kick the dog, but if I ride I'm all happiness and light
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