Detroit Man Who Commutes 21 Miles A Day On Foot Will Get A Hand

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Summary

You know about all the blather from bicyclists who like to thump their chests about riding in snow on city streets. These are the same goddam bastards who whine about the condition of the bike lane.

One day they are whimpering that the merchants along Dearborn Street have shoveled snow back into their precious lane. On another day they are angered by the fact that the snow plows did not remove a few errant flakes here and there.

So imagine my surprise when I read the title of this article. Here is a young man who walks 10 and a half miles back and forth to work each day! Wow! He simply cannot however be as awesome as some ‘elite‘ who has to pedal his bike back and forth to work alongside cars, right?

Wrong! This is a guy who is a true hero. Like so many pedestrians, nobody (including cyclists) is looking out for them. We manage to split groups of pedestrians walking through ‘protected crosswalks‘ as if it were a game.

But let a driver pop into a coffee shop on the way to work and force us to steer around him and you would think it was a death sentence. We really need to lose the Drama Queen Attitude!

Rather than all this money being spent exclusively on bicyclists, let’s put it where more people can use it. Make the lives of pedestrians better. Let the cyclists fend for themselves!


TakeAways

Evan Leedy (left) and James Robertson

Evan Leedy (left) and James Robertson

Evidently we are not alone in finding this a compelling story. There are far too many trumped up stories about this or that ‘elite‘ who rides say 5 miles to work on a bicycle and contacts the local so-called journalists who having nothing better to do write up a piece replete with video.

But this story is epic!

We need to stop glorifying bicycle riders and instead focus on the real heroes of our streets. Many are homeless and of that group there are more than a representative share of veterans. We need to stop glorifying a 5 mile ride to work (or for that matter a ride equal to the distance this gentleman walks) in a $200 helmet, $200 bike shoes, a thermal insulated riding kit that probably costs what this man makes in a week’s wages (if he is even making that much).

And we certainly ought to be ashamed of so-called journalists who willfully ignore the homeless who actually ‘live on their bikes‘. Here in the Western Suburbs of Chicago homeless folks ride their bikes to and from their jobs and then to the shelters where they (if they are lucky) can get to sleep each night.

These are not some ‘elite‘ trying to make a statement. There is no bullshit in their stories. In fact I doubt that many of them even realize the magnitude of their efforts. They grew up in humble circumstance and life has been hard. And yet they persist. And rather than learning about them we get fluff pieces about overweight moms on cargo bikes with a couple of kids on their way to a very nice school and the supposed hassles they get because they are ‘making a statement‘.

If you choose to ride a bike when you could take public transportation, then why should anyone glorify your choice? In fact it is people on bicycles who neither ride BikeShare or mass transit that help to ensure that both are likely to have unsustainable bottom lines.

Sorry, folks! But cyclists are at the bottom of the food chain, not the top!