Different Shoes

This post is not actually a post about shoes.

It’s about perspective.

Think back to the days before you started biking to work. Or maybe you don’t even have to think back at all, maybe you haven’t started. Whether  you you drove, walked or took transit, you probably had some notion of cyclists on city streets. Mine was kind of like this:


But I liked biking and missed it. I thought it was for the suburbs and bike paths, and I didn’t leave near either. I never really considered biking in the city until I developed a crush.


So I decided to just try it out a little bit. I didn’t stop driving, but I took a leap and discovered that there was more to biking than my initial stereotype:


I fell in love with it. The musician crush faded, but the biking stuck.

Nobody has to bike. But sometimes it’s good to try something new and put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a bit. A different perspective can make all the difference.


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16 Comments on "Different Shoes"

May 10, 2012

Thanks! great post!

Ha! So true. However whenever I go back to using the car for work these days, I don’t view cyclists from a typical motorist’s point of view. I just wish I was out there with them on my own bike! Great blog BTW.

May 10, 2012

Nimby moon creature! Fantastic

May 10, 2012

Those ‘special lanes’ ARE for the motorists. Cyclists just aren’t supposed to know it (and most don’t).

May 10, 2012

With 1/6 earth gravity and no noticeable air resistance, riding a bicycle on the moon would truly be interesting. One would probably require a special space suit, though, although there would be the “plain old space suit” purist moon riders, too. One thing I am sure of, though: a basket would be necessary.