After reading news of doctors slamming their brakes in front of cyclists, cyclists getting ran over by impatient drivers, video of a cop tackling a rider and a Colorado Sheriff hating on cyclists. I decided to dress accordingly:
I know that there is more of us riding the streets since Gas prices skyrocketed, in fact, I met a couple riders heading to Long Beach along my lonely route:
Mainstream media reports that there’s escalating tension between motorists and new bike commuters because newbs don’t know the rules of the road. I don’t know about you, but before I started commuting, I used to be a recreational rider and I did my research before I hit the streets. So I hardly think that a person that rarely rides suddenly picks up his bike and heads to work without doing his/her homework. What does my conspiracy-theory mind think? Since the mainstream media earns plenty of ad money from car companies, they try to discourage people trading their cars for bikes by using scare tactics.
So if you are newbie or if you are considering bike commuting, don’t pay attention to those reports, instead, read our BikeCommuter Profiles, you will find lots of inspiration there.