Not-Cyclists

There has been a move to build more infrastructure for cyclists here. However, with limited space on the road, this comes at a cost… which has local businesses concerned.

People

But there is the issue. How can you tell how you tell a driving customer from a walking customer from a biking customer? Especially when a cyclist is not a “cyclist”…

People

…just like a driver is not a “driver.”

They are both customers. But drivers tend to pass through towns, and those on bike or on foot will spend time at local businesses. And the goal of business is to get more customers, and bike infrastructure will bring more of these not-cyclists down their particular street- with things to do, money to spend, time to stop.

People

Ultimately it’s not about biking, but creating a neighborhood where people will stop biking… and stay a while.

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43 Comments on "Not-Cyclists"


Megan Ramey
November 2, 2012

Brilliant!! Take note, Beacon Street business district!

Richard Masoner
November 2, 2012

This is by far the best illustration I’ve seen on the myth of customers = cars = MOAR PARKING.

Geoff Schneider
November 2, 2012

Funny you mention this. I signed up for a local bike coalition ride into a depressed area of the city. The tour is sampling the different food options in the neighborhood and how to get there by bike. If they found a good BBQ stop, I might come back.

Opus the Poet
November 2, 2012

I’m one of those “not-cyclists”, the only obvious clue that I ride a bicycle (aside from my trim physique and huge quads) is I have en entire section in my closet devoted to the “ANSI Safety” color palette. And I don’t care what anyone says, nobody looks good in ANSI Safety Lime. Some might look good in ANSI Safety Pink, maybe. It’s kind of a Lady Gaga or Madonna costume color.

Now if you really want to see people clutching their mouths to restrain their lunches, wear a Safety Lime jersey with Safety Pink tights or shorts. I used to have the shorts a few years ago. And I did wear that combination, to church even.

Richard Masoner
November 2, 2012

I dunno, Opus. I’m pretty sure your attire gave you away as one of those ‘cyclists’ when you stepped into church.

Opus the Poet
November 3, 2012

I’m pretty sure they knew I was a cyclist long before that, considering that they held a fund-raiser after I was killed (but I didn’t know I had been dead at that point). I never came to church in my bike gear before that.

Here, kitty kitty
November 2, 2012

Change can be scary for these business owners….kind of like the change I incorporated into my daily commute by purchasing a bike in 2009. Back then, Somerville Ave didn’t have the luxurious bike lanes it has today. I am proud to be a non-cyclist and can’t wait to experience life in the cycle track lane! Great comic.

 
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