[*BCM*] Boston Bikers
idiotkid at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 12:06:39 EDT 2006
It's B over any other reason, I'd say.
On 8/17/06, TSmith4918 at aol.com <TSmith4918 at aol.com> wrote:
> Just some rambling:
> So, someone splain to me the following about Boston bikers; why is it so
> dang hard to get a friendly response, a nod, wave, or acknowledgement of our
> fellow bikers in the area?...could it be:
> A. FEAR: People are too preoccupied avoiding becoming hood ornaments that
> they are oblivious to other bikers.
> B. CULTURE: People in this area never look you in the eye even when walking
> to driving...why should biking be any different? c'mon, It's not like we're
> in santa monica or anything: this is serious!
> C. CLASS: Unless you're wearing the latest in lycra/spandex day-glo clingy
> fashion (personally I've gravitated to cotton, yeah, I know, sweat and all)
> why should they waste their time on a recreational biker.
> D. SNOBBERY: ok, so my bike is 20 years old with cracked fenders and dirty
> rims (comes from commuting 12 months out of the year), does this make anyone
> unworthy of a nod?
> E. AGEISM: ok, so I am almost 50, it's not like I am hitting on anyone
> from being friendly, especially if we're whizzing past each other at a
> cumulative 30 miles an hours.
> F. LACK OF GOOD BREEDING: don't need to say much on this.
> G. URBAN/SUBURBAN CLASH: I do bike thru Chestnut Hill to get to work...do
> I look to urban-scary-like? c'mon I'm almost 50 (see E)! and I wear baggy
> clothes (see C)...
> H. THE MYTH OF BIKER UNITY: maybe I am expecting too much, rather than see
> the bikers I encounter as brothers and sisters in the struggle for
> liberation from petroleum products, maybe we're just individualists doing
> our own thang with little in common. Haven't we all felt a little twinge of
> "hmm, I know I'm probably just a little faster than that biker up the
> I. NO REASON AT ALL: that's just the way it is.
> It's not that hard to acknowledge each other: critical mass does a great
> job once a month; here's hoping for a little more nods and waves out on the
> roadway. It's a good way to recognize what we're doing as a biking
> community for fun and for meaning.
> Old guy.
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