Sidelining Bicycles

Once the calendar passes the month of January, I begin to think about the spring and how nice it will be to ride my bike without the hassle of contending with snow and frigid temperatures. This longing for spring encourages me to read more about cycling and what infrastructure changes might be in store for cyclists, for better or for worse.

As part of last week’s reading, I saw an article about another state’s dilemmas regarding their plans to improve bicycle infrastructure. The article was written by a pro-cycling columnist who focused on how drivers in her area see cyclists as opposed to how cyclists see themselves.

Much of what she wrote was in agreement with things I’ve written myself, but one thing she described about her local townspeople, and their reaction to accommodating cyclists on roads once reserved for cyclists, made me think about why stark differences between cyclist and driver perceptions exist.

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