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Extreme Mormons!

I’ve wondered for years why Mormon missionaries have never been hooked into the bike advocacy movement. The missionaries I’ve always seen around my suburban neighborhood have seemed extremely brave to me, traveling on roads with aggressive drivers and no bike lanes—all to visit infirm churchgoers, people who haven’t come to church for a while, and others who might be sympathetic to their cause. (On summer days, wearing black pants. That’s dedication!)

It seems like nailing the Mormon missionary segment may be a way to increase support for cycling among conservative types. Where’s the hangup? Has the League of American Bicyclists not thought about this opportunity? Or have the elders in Salt Lake been so unsympathetic to what is seen as an environmental cause that they are willing to turn the other cheek to the safety of those who have dedicated years of their life in service of the church?

What do you think?

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What is Good Bike PR?

…letters to the editor printed in newspapers indicate that some other road users and pedestrians are becoming increasingly irritated by the dangerous riding habits and discourtesy of a few cyclists. In order to curb this growing hostility, we must act positively to build and maintain goodwill among cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. We make this appeal to our readers: please ride with consideration toward others.

Jean and Norman Cousins, Easy Cycling Around Vancouver

When I refer to Good Bike PR, this is the sort of thing I’m usually talking about. Perhaps I’m sure there’s no oncoming traffic so I could safely run that stop sign, but maybe a nearby pedestrian will see the move and think ill of all cyclists because of it moving forward. I stop. Or maybe I’ll stop in the middle of a block for a crossing pedestrian, even though they’re not crossing legally.

A perception by non-cyclists that we are all inconsiderate to others can impact us greatly. If you ever find yourself in court, or advocating for better bike infrastructure, you may come up against mental blocks against cyclists which could have direct consequences on the outcome of your situation. By being extra polite on the road, you start chipping away at people’s previous negative experiences. It’s a small, everyday piece of advocacy that many cyclists forget to consider.

Good Bike PR: Think About It.

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Introducing Bikish, A Companion Piece to Bookish

Welcome to Bikish!

This blog will be a companion piece to Bookish, my site that looks at the world through book-colored glasses.

As much of my life is wrapped up in my love of bicycles, and I want to maintain the book focus on Bookish, I decided to experiment with another blog as a companion piece. Similarly named, yet expanding my horizons into new and equally focused territory.

Looking for me to cover a specific topic as we proceed? Add a comment and I promise I’ll incorporate your feedback.

In the meantime, enjoy the ride!

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