Usually I’m all teary-eyed over a local, grassroots cycling article in our local paper, especially one that highlights local cycling hero, Tim Kenyon who presided over Kitchener’s Cycling Committee for a number of years.
But this latest one from the record really started to bother me .. enough to do a post about it. Here’s why ….
- First we’ve had exactly two days of winter so it has yet to get cold.
- Why scare people from biking when it’s cold? We don’t scare them from driving when it’s cold!
- You don’t have to be a cycling freak to ride a bike year round. They have a picture of Tim wearing a jacket that can be seen from space and then the other cyclist they list talks about doing a 75km ride. This isn’t going to get the average person considering that a bike ride is normal.
- Why interview a person from our region’s Public Health injury prevention program if you’re not trying to say ‘don’t bike, it’s too dangerous’.
- The reference to Ziggy’s bothers me, but I have personal issues on this one :) A few months ago I was talking with a sales guy asking why they don’t carry more gear / clothing for commuter cyclists. The sales guy told me that the majority of year-round cyclists he sees in the store are there because their driver’s license was suspended and are up on DUI charges. I wish I was kidding! Not to mention Ziggy’s had my Trek Soho DLX from late October until December 31st because my Shimano Nexus was wrecked and they were waiting for Trek to ship a new one on warranty. I’ll be providing an updated review post soon, as the saga of disappointment continues.
- The whole black ice ‘tip’ just tops off the message of don’t bike in the winter cause roads are for cars.
I was going to end this by looking for something positive about the article, but honestly we’d be better off if this thing wasn’t posted, even if there are a few good statements about it being healthy and kind for the environment.
We need articles that talk about how normal it is to bike. How you just dress like you were walking to the corner store, if in fact you want to bike to the corner store. And stop with the scare tactics, biking isn’t dangerous or freakish.