Comments by the masses on news stories are exactly worthless, but as I comb the blogozone and newzozone reading bike stories for blog fodder, I continually run into similarly threaded commentary in article responses.
I wish I could drive my bike around all day and smoke pot all night, but I have a house and kids.
If only I could quit my job and ride my bike around instead, but some of us have to work
Lefty liberal elites think they own the road. Why don’t you get a job!
Or some similar sentiment. The message is that cycling is only for those without real employment or responsibility. And that we are all pinko’s. I think secretly this loathing comes from jealousy, but I doubt an admission would be easy to come by.
I’m not so worried about the aspersions being cast on me; haters love to hate that’s just how it is. More that these comments might turn someone off the idea of choosing to bicycle places that they currently drive.
I’m a married father of 3 kids. I work full-time as a Software Developer in Waterloo. Sometimes I have to get in early or home late based on deadlines. I have a mortgage, bills and responsibilities like everyone else. I can still make biking work.
But you don’t know me, and if you’re still not convinced that there are bike commuters who are not employed, then take a look at these guys
So there’s the proof. You don’t need to be unemployed, a pothead, socialist, or elitist to get on your bike for commuting. Conservatives, politicians, pro athletes, software developers, fathers, we can all make it work. Probably anyone can make it work.
Now hand me my hemp jacket and bong… I have to get to Burning Man.