This is a great app for cyclists to check out and maybe add some wisdom to about where to cycle and what to look out for in the streets. The map defaults to New York City, but type in your location to see your map and pins…
It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the black and Hispanic and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” –
I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.
So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something."
Attention everyone who drives a car:
The bicycle lane is an area in which bicyclists are able to ride free from automobile interference. It is not your buffer zone. If you’re texting your on again/off again lover the bicycle lane is not an extra four feet you’re allowed to use just in case you…
So, I’m trying to figure out ways to make exercise more interesting, you know? And one of the things I’ve thought of, more than once, was buying an adult tricycle.
Yes, I never did learn how to ride a bike. It’s not something I’m proud of, and I am too embarrassed to go out and try now….
Hey, try not to feel bad about being 27 and not having learned how to ride. I was 38 when I finally learned how to ride a bike. One night, I decided to jump onto my then-girlfriend’s bike and rode…badly, but I rode. I even crashed into a tree because I wasn’t quick enough on the brakes.
I had a lot of self-esteem issues related to not having learned when I was younger, but I haven’t looked back. I feel like I’ve been riding for my whole life and I’m pretty fast for an “old” man of 47. Do what you can to find a bike, get on it, and ride. Do it now (and tell your embarrassment to fuck off). You’ll have a full decade more than I did to enjoy riding. The hardest part is not learning to ride, it’s going to be silencing the doubt you have. Don’t let doubt keep you from the freedom and fun of cycling. Find a bike, get on it, and don’t look back.