First a nice picture and then some ranting ...
I often read posts on Copenhagenize containing Mikael's 'ignoring the bull' analogy - where cars are the bull and people are the china. The cars bash and crash into people causing death and mayhem and we are all looking the other way and excepting the status quo.
They may have a bull in their china shop in Europe, but over here we've got a heard of the buggers! I could not believe this report in the paper last week. A gentleman was walking his bicycle in the street and was hit and killed by a van, the article made a point of saying that 'he was not wearing a helmet or high visibility clothing'! Like it was his fault that a ruddy great idiot of a van driver was not driving carefully!
Anyway - doesn't walking your bike make you a pedestrian? What does his helmet and clothing status have to do with it?
Anyway, this got me to thinking ...
Isn't it strange the way that, if you ride a bike, you are referred to as a cyclist even when you are not anywhere near your bike. I often hear people say things like 'have a chat with Jenny, she's a cyclist' ... strangely, I never here people say 'have a chat with Bob, he's a pedestrian' or 'have a chat with Tom, he's a motorist'
With most other forms of transport you are only labelled for the time period you are actually travelling, so you are a pedestrian only whilst walking on the pavement and only until you sit down or stop. Similarly, you are a 'motorist' until you get out of your car, the moment you take a step away from your car you are just a person; a 'passenger' until you get off the bus or train. BUT for some reason you are a 'cyclist' in your pyjamas, a 'cyclist' in the bath and a 'cyclist' whilst being introduced to someone you've never met!
Now don't get me wrong, I love my bike but all good relationships require a little space ... I have other transport options that I like to go out with. Why is riding a bike such an exclusive relationship, while everyone else gets to flirt with a variety of transport options and is not defined by any single one?