[*BCM*] Boston Bikers
goannego at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 12:09:18 EDT 2006
It is also a cultural thing - down here sometimes you can see the
London/non-London divide based on whether or not pedestrians smile and
acknowledge you as you walk through a park, etc. Obviously not on a City
High street, but in most other places, yes. Same with bikes. When I bike
in the South West, people always smile and say hi. When I bike in London,
next to never.
On 17/08/06, Ian Thistle <idiotkid at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> > dang hard to get a friendly response, a nod, wave, or acknowledgement of
> > fellow bikers in the area?...could it be:
> > A. FEAR: People are too preoccupied avoiding becoming hood ornaments
> > they are oblivious to other bikers.
> > B. CULTURE: People in this area never look you in the eye even when
> > to driving...why should biking be any different? c'mon, It's not like
> > in santa monica or anything: this is serious!
> > C. CLASS: Unless you're wearing the latest in lycra/spandex day-glo
> > fashion (personally I've gravitated to cotton, yeah, I know, sweat and
> > why should they waste their time on a recreational biker.
> > D. SNOBBERY: ok, so my bike is 20 years old with cracked fenders and
> > rims (comes from commuting 12 months out of the year), does this make
> > 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
> > I look to urban-scary-like? c'mon I'm almost 50 (see E)! and I wear
> > clothes (see C)...
> > H. THE MYTH OF BIKER UNITY: maybe I am expecting too much, rather than
> > the bikers I encounter as brothers and sisters in the struggle for
> > liberation from petroleum products, maybe we're just individualists
> > 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
> > road..."?
> > 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
> > job once a month; here's hoping for a little more nods and waves out on
> > 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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