As I Biked To Work and did my annual tour of BTWD Energizer Stations this morning, I briefly doffed my helmet as I approached the MLK Library so it wouldn’t interfere with my camera. The Energizer Station at the San Jose MLK Library was staffed this morning by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.
A pair from the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice masquerading as “bike advocates” greeted me with an inquiry about my missing
hijab bike helmet.
“It’s dangerous out here!” they warned me. “Removing your head covering will entice motorists into an uncontrollable rage. They will be overcome by their natural lusts and victimize you.”
“Seriously?” I responded. “You really want to hit newbies and first timers with a guilt trip on Bike To Work Day? You call this bike advocacy?”
“We’re only interested in protecting your virtue!”
Whatever. You do it because you have The Message and must get it out. But if it makes you feel any better about yourselves…