I was invited to participate in a Huffington Post live discussion tonight about bike commuting. I can’t be there (other obligations), but you can watch and join in with comments if you’d like. You’ll should see some familiar names there.
HuffPo tells me they plan to discuss “current trends in cycling” and “drivers who hate cyclists” in a HuffPo Live segment they’re billing “Street Wars” hosted by Los Angeles bike commuter Janet Varney. These haters are out there and I know I sometimes mention them on these pages, but I’m not a big fan of defining myself by who hates me. Maybe it’s just me, but that screams “victim mentality” to me.
HuffPo says “There’s a daily battle on city streets between drivers, bike riders and pedestrians” and asks, “Why Can’t Bicyclists And Drivers Get Along?” Well, in my experience, I think we mostly do get along. There are occasional instances of inattention, stupidity and even road rage, but by and large it’s all just traffic. The worst we get is the occasional friendly wave, and even that is pretty rare.
I think some of the people who plan to participate also prefer to present bike commuting as a positive activity. I wish I could be there. You can join in at HuffPost Live beginning at 6:25 PM tonight.
Photo courtesy Richard Battles and used with his permission. Check out Richard’s motorcycle luggage Facebook page for the story on what’s happening in this photo.