Forgive the ramble, but:
I would venture to say that a vast majority of people reading this post CHOSE to be car-free. I pass people all the time who may not have the choice. People for whom a bike is their only choice.
Does anyone have insight to their psyche? I doubt they debate which $100+ trailer to buy to cart their purchases from Whole Foods. I have a feeling that these bike riders are not always proud of it and few would call themselves cyclists.
I'm not judging or being elitist, but there is an obvious class difference between middle to upper class cycle commuters and lower-middle class to homeless bike riders. How do we come together? Do people want to come together?
Has anyone had success reaching out to the bike as last resort people?
How do they fit into car free advocacy? Can they? Do they hurt public opinion of "car-free"?
So far I've found its hard to make advocates and activists out of people who are not proud of riding a bike. These are often the ones who would benefit from improved public cycling resources and rider education programs.
I'm frustrated. Thoughts?