Inspired by the recent post “Drivers’ Ten Commandments“, Moe and I came up with a set for bicycle commuters. Think of it as a revised, more irreverent version of the Cyclist’s 10 Commandments as published by the League of American Bicyclists:
1. Thou shall not ride on the sidewalk. The sidewalk is for amateurs.
2. Never ride the opposite way. You may crash against real bike commuters.
3. Obey all traffic laws when and where you can. It is really embarrassing to get a ticket on a bike.
4. Always carry a mini-pump. Calling your wife or walking the bike really sucks.
5. Thou shall wear a helmet. If you value anything contained between your ears, it’s the smart thing to do.
6. Thou shall carry repair tools. Even if you never break down, you might be able to help someone else in need.
7. Thou shall remain visible. Make your “Technicolor Dreamcoat” out of bright colors, lights, blinkies and reflectors.
8. Thou shall not stink! Keep a spare deodorant at work.
9. Avoid angry confrontations. A little calmness goes a long way towards changing a motorist’s mind.
10. Thou must smile. Remember, you’re on a bike, not stuck in traffic!!