What is this website for?
A few people out there are actually offended that this site even exists, it seems to them as some kind of "high horse" intended to preach the gospel of biking to the unworthy masses of car drivers. Let me make it clear that I have logged tens of thousands of miles in gasoline-powered vehicles, and I'm sure I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. This website exists for a few reasons.
- To help potential bike commuters overcome some hurdles.
- To give all bike commuters tips and information to help them.
- To help existing bike commuters communicate with their friends and family about what they do and why they do it.
- To document my own personal journey as a bike commuter.
This site is not here to make anyone feel guilty about driving a car, or to proclaim an answer to all the world's problems. It is simply a resource for those who are able and interested in riding a bike to work. For this large group of fortunate people, a world of benefits await, along with some challenges as well. Some people like it, some people don't. That's fine.
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Who Shouldn't commute by bike?
As anyone can imagine, there are quite a number of people for whom bike commuting just isn't practical or possible. This might include people who simply live too far from work, people who need to haul a lot of equipment back and forth every day, those who need to pickup the kids after work, people who use their car during the work day, and of course there are innumerable physical challenges that could prevent someone from pedaling a bicycle. For a lot of other people, their profession is less forgiving in terms of dress, hair styling, etc.
Any of these things and no doubt countless others could prevent somone from being able to even consider biking to work. Add to that list the people who just don't think it sounds very appealing. That's fine. No one is pointing any fingers here. If you can't or don't want to ride a bike to work, no one on this website is accusing you of anything. Some obnoxious bike commuters think the world owes them something becuase they are saving the planet. I'm not one of them. Many of us are quick to admit that it's just as selfish an enterprise as mountain climbing, triathlons and various other self-imposed challenges. I do it for my health, because it costs less and I think it's tremendoulsy fun. There are environmental benefits and I'm glad for it, but clearly, its' not an option for everyone.