Danger and Difficulty

girls_on_bikesI gave a luncheon talk at the Midtown Library today about bicycling in traffic as traffic for basic transportation.

The big sound-bite: If it were difficult or dangerous, I wouldn’t be doing it.

That happens to be entirely true. I’m interested in neither difficulty nor danger.

The talk consisted mostly of explaining the rules of safe movement and why living a in a flat town with a grid street system creates natural bicycle friendliness.

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Comments 4

  1. Steve A wrote:

    Did your talk address “scary” as opposed to “difficult or dangerous?” Roller coasters are scary…

    Posted 16 Apr 2014 at 1:54 pm
  2. Ian Cooper wrote:

    Gotta agree with Steve – danger and difficulty are only excuses for those who are afraid to ride. The real problem is that it’s stressful, and that’s a problem I’m not even sure how to address, after all, in the city, given the almost ubiquitous attitude of motorists that it’s “their” road and cyclists don’t belong on it, it can be very stressful.

    Posted 16 Apr 2014 at 3:39 pm
  3. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Stress, or “scary”, especially for inexperienced or risk-averse riders, probably does control behavior.

    Posted 16 Apr 2014 at 4:08 pm
  4. Andy Cline wrote:

    Hey … it’s what I came up with. I’m open to suggestions. Gotta be a sound-bite. Go!

    Posted 17 Apr 2014 at 6:50 am