The joys of commuting by bike attract scores of new converts every year. But as fresh-faced cyclists fill the roads, they also encounter their share of frustrations careless drivers, wide-flung car doors, zoned-out pedestrians, and aggressive fellow cyclists, to name a few. In this follow-up... read more
“Commuting is one of the only arenas of life in which we're willing to accept sudden death at the hands of another human being.”
“It's hard to be truly compassionate if you don't know what it feels like to be disliked. Cyclists do not have this problem, because nobody likes us. Drivers think we're smug dorks who slow them down, pedestrians think we're deadly scofflaws, and neither of them has much trouble imagining a world without us."”
“Morning radio shows are like those vending machines full of fake tattoos and hip-hop jewelry you find at supermarket checkouts and highway rest areas - it's toatl garbage, but as cultural detritus it still says a lot about the society that produces and consumes it.”
“I think it's perfectly fine to be disgusted by something, provided you take the time to understand why it disgusts you. I also believe that as cyclists we should rise above negativity as much as we can, but what we can't rise above we should wallow in, for that is the only way to ford the Rubicon of unhappiness.The best path to self-actualization is not to Become Your Dream; rather, it's to Come to Terms with Your Nightmare. If you think you hate something, it's probably because it reminds you of something inside yourself. Take a long look, and figure out what that is.”
A Note on Commuting
Introduction: Commuting by Bicyle and the Indignity Thereof
BOOK I: In the Beginning, There Was Irritation...
REVELATION: The Worst Day I Ever Had and Why It Gave Me Faith in Humanity
COMMUNION THROUGH COMMUTING: Why Commuting is the Portal and the Bicycle is the Tool
GENESIS: Who We Are, How We Got This Way, and How to Get Where We Need to Be
BOOK II: Leviticus Now
Annoying Cyclist Behavior
Annoying Driver-on-Cyclist Behavior
Annoying Cyclist-on-Driver Behavior
BOOK III: Let Our People Go
REVILED: The Backlash Against Cycling
TO MARKET, TO MARKET: How Cycling is Sold
BIKES VS. CARS: What Are We Fighting For?
HEATHENDOM: Why People Don't Ride
BOOK IV: Transcendence
The Alchemy of the Mundane
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