A Ride Leader Speaks Out

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A Ride Leader Speaks Out

Everyone is for bicycle safety. In fact we collective more money for cycling causes when we feature safety as our aim than for just about anything else imaginable. We give lip service to the notion that a bicycle is a legitimate form of transportation worthy of the respect of motorists around the world.

But when it comes to Walking the Talk we are not above the old “Shucking and Jivving” to explain why we do not observe the laws that we expect motorists to obey. Why is that?

One ride leader I know took the time to explain her reasoning. I admire the fact that in a social setting like a bike club or a cycling forum unvarnished views that speak to the heart of things are often harshly reviewed by ones peers. But it is necessary if we are to have the courage of our convictions.

Have you ever noticed that the notion of the Idaho Stop Law is always trotted out after cyclist gets a ticket for improper vehicle operation? We never offer that as a cover for a motorist who behaved in the same manner. Why is that?

If we want respect on the roadway we have to earn it just the same as any motorist. If we fail to operate our vehicle in a manner in strict accordance with local laws, we should not expect others to. We have to ride in a manner that our children can be proud of.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Ghandi