Today I was walking to my car (meetings make me drive) and was almost hit by a cyclist. This guy was:
- in full spandex
- going the wrong way on a one-way street
- riding on the sidewalk
- using a gear that would have been more at home scaling Alpe d'Huez than riding on level ground
These are the cyclists people remember. His bright red jersey, the spandex shorts, and riding the wrong way and on the sidewalk. No matter how many of us ride the right way, no matter how many of us ride civilly, it's the guys like this people remember whenever there's a discussion of bike infrastructure.
And we wonder why we usually lose those votes...