Happy Friday! We've told you our bike stories all week and now we're turning the tables. Tell us your bike story for a chance to win a copy of John Forester's Effective Cycling, seventh edition. Share your story in the comments section or on the MIT Press Facebook page and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a copy of the book. Please submit your stories by 5 pm Eastern on Monday, May 21st.
I’m a daily bike commuter, although perhaps I should say I’m a daily car door avoider. This past week (on bike to work week no less), I witnessed a biker get doored in front of me. It wasn’t the first time I’ve seen this occur, or, sadly, the last. Thankfully he walked away, but as I helped him up off the pavement and made sure he was okay, I noticed tears in his eyes. “This was only my second day riding a bike,” he muttered.
Bikers live in a dangerous world— a world where giant 1,000-lb creatures are constantly trying to maim and kill you. Forester’s Effective Cycling is a handy guide that helps us navigate these dangerous waters. While the book contains a lot of useful maintenance tips, the more important sections focus on how to properly share the road. Bike lanes are well and good; however, they often don’t avoid the dreaded “door-zone” (our biker friend from my previous paragraph was riding in a lane) and are often littered with obstacles. Forester teaches us to ride safely and to not let ourselves be regulated to the gutters.
I’ll end on a positive note. Every day I notice more and more people picking up the bike and putting down the keys. We are in the midst of a bicycle revolution and as our numbers and visibility grow, so does our safety. It’s important to remember that when all is said and done, biking is really fun!