I was curious about the sort of riders I sometimes see when I’m out and about and I wanted to learn more about them. So a few Fridays ago, I decided to chat up a few riders in San Diego for our blog. I didn’t know what to expect or who I would encounter nor, nor if the riders would even talk to me.
While riding downtown I steered clear from two pretty most common types of bicycle riders, the tourists and spandex wearing road riders. The reason was because I, for the most part, already know why they are riding (I wear spandex myself). But bicycling is still misunderstood by many people including those who ride themselves. Many times when I tell people I ride conjures up an image like this:
While I personally have a tremendous amount of respect for professional cycling, the sport itself doesn’t do much to make our streets safer. Furthermore, it’s an exhausting tiresome stereotype that just will not die. In America we tend to relate biking to either a voluntary choice or a fitness activity. Thus, we miss bicycling’s main benefit which is transportation not to mention healthy and more vibrant and livable communities. So a few Fridays ago, I wanted to chat up some San Diegan bicycle commuters and learn what they had to say and what they wanted to see in San Diego. Below is a short summary of the conversations I had with three San Diegans riders a few Fridays ago. Responses have been slightly edited to read clearly.