Your subtle sense of humour and your self restraint was much appreciated.
it amuses and saddens me that impressing a professor is considered to be something negative.Quote:
trying to impress their college professor
Should we talk about replacing "drivers" with "people in cars" first?
People First Language (PFL) is prescriptive and awkward. It doesn't work in bicycle advocacy IMO. PFL is a distraction from the real issues affecting people on...oooops....cyclists and motorists.
No more than saying Persons with HIV/AIDS.
People on bikes brings up images of a bunch of clowns (literal clowns) trying to get as many as possible on one bike.
If one wants a general term bicycle riders seems good to me. Or even Bicycle users to describe one who may sometimes ride and sometimes not.
Of course an article writer could reasonably decide to define different subgroups for the article if it was comparing and contrasting different sub groups.
In that case people on Bikes could be used. My guess is it would not be for a group that has a positive image.
My observation is that some people just hate those who ride bikes. I've caught someone's nasty frowning face when I was pushing my bike out of office. He had this nasty expression when the bike was half way out of the door, and I was not in sight yet, as if he saw a snake; as soon as I got out and he saw me looking at him, he switched to a smiling face.:lol: Happened twice so far, as far as I'm aware of.
Heck, no one is preventing you from also riding a bike or being physically active if it's a subconscious jealousy in play.
But what I really want to know is just what should we say when we want to reach out and embrace an honest conversation, by the end of the day so that we have the correct narrative.
Thought experiment for those who believe that changing how we refer to bicyclists will change anything.
You have to be a driver to conduct the experiment. At an appropriate time, say something to the effect of the following. I was driving home last night and I hit a bicycle"> No not say anything to imply that person was involved, just a bicycle. I'll bet 3 bbers to one, that you'll get a reaction to the effect of "Golly, was he hurt" or "was anybody hurt". Just the word Bicycle in this conrext conjures an image of a person riding a bicycle, rather than a bicycle that just a bicycle that someone left lying in the road or driveway.
I simply refuse to use a bicycle...computers, well...