I live in Chicago and run a company called Pedal To The People. I was a bike courier here for three winters and can say I’ve changed up my style a bit. I obey when common sense rules, but had a thought today while riding…
That is, when I stopped and thought about what’s behind the wheel of whatever car, truck, semi, the fear of the zoo out there goes away, cause it’s just another human being. The semi never ran over that biker that got doored, it was the man not thinking. I can tell so much about a person simply by the way they drive. I drive once in awhile. It’s not fun! You really have to pay attention and go slow. It’s just ridiculous how uncaring a lot of people are. But hey, Life is good, Right?
Most of our customers will not ride in the winter because it’s too cold. But the two biggest reasons are 1. Fear of cars 2. It’s too much work.
I’ve been on a mission to solve the second one,
but the first one, the number one reason is something out of my control.
I’m lucky to be alive, but it’s exhausting, depressing when I think of all the work there is to be done to lure people out of their cars without sounding like a life coach.
I only started riding a bike because it was fun.