I was biking home alone from work when all of a sudden a fellow biker came up next to me pedaling away. I asked him if he was commuting home from work and he said yes. He worked at the same place as I do but, since the place has close to 5000 employees I really did not know him.
We talked a little along our trip and the conversation got into biking for transportation. I mentiond how I use to run for exercise and then mentioned how biking is saving my knees some and I am saving money, the environment, and such.
He talked on how he been biking and such as well. I started to talk about cars a little in saying how much more people could bike vs use a car. To him he only really biked to work for the exercise. After me mentioning all the waste that cars produce, and the time that it take me to get to work by bike, he abrutully and deffensivly said, " I LIKE CARS ! ", "" there is a lot of stuff that I could not do without it ""
To say the least I was a little taken back. As we were pedaling along I said yes they are really nice and I agree, but Most People do not think it is impossible that bikes can in some instances provide or replace transportation that is just as effective as a car. He kind of mumbled a bit but did not say much.
I then said Heck I use to be a BIKE hater and non beliver a few years ago. I then told him many of my friends are asking questions on how I am doing and how it can be done.
He then softly agreed with me and stated " oh yes once you get over the mind set of what bikes can do it is pretty good for transportation.""
Anyway after a short conversation we parted ways, but was left with a dissapointing feel.
I did not try to push my ideas on the fellow biker it is just that he was already defensive about cars/ bikes even thou he had been biking for about 27 years.
It made me realize that folks who commute to work have many different reasons to bike to work.
Unfortunetly, I do not see a common voice in inspiring the AMERICAN public to do more biking in an effort to save money, resources, environment, and reducing our weight.