Sometimes, there’s a little bit of benefit to cruising along in a car. Like last night. While making a trip I might normally make by bike if I wasn’t feeling so damn off-balance (a touch of that later), I chanced upon a Radio NZ interview with the man I’ve grown to consider THE NZ cycle advocate and man behind CAN: Patrick Morgan. Doesn’t everyone kinda heart Patrick? He’s lives what he preaches, sees all sides and remains a decent guy. Anyhoo, Patrick received a Churchill Fellowship that is partially funding a trip through Europe and the US to explore best-practice cycle training programs. Of course, he’s also checking out infrastructure and cycling culture as he goes.
Check out the interview and send a little thumb’s up to Patrick for politely pushing the conversation away from bike rider slamming and toward mutual respect. (Of course, because I’m a brash American, I would have loved to hear him push for more driver training and perhaps even make a few disparaging remarks about the ridiculous entitlement that many drivers tend to feel on a road meant for sharing with other users, but hey, this is why some people just aren’t meant for the gentle world of public relations.)
As for me… heya! It’s been a while since I’ve been up in these parts. I spent a month in San Diego, riding a hefty cruiser up and down the boardwalk to get my annual allotment of my native beach life. Just prior to leaving, I took a spill, spraining my ankle and doing minor damage to my legs and single-speed. It was fine and I’m fine and it’s all good, but I got to admit, I don’t like to fall. But, back on the bike I go and the world continues to spin. Let’s all ride safely out there, what say? Just like Patrick would suggest.