At the end of last month, one of the members on BikeForums.net started a thread mentioning that the Living Car Free forum had a record number of viewers, 57 to be exact.
While they were expressing their surprise at what was seen as an unusually large number, I was somewhat less surprised. Reducing our reliance on petroleum power is certainly a good thing. But like vegetarian diets, it’s not for everyone. Rather than take the attitude that not owning a car makes you better than car owners, we all need to create a united front, and show other people ways that we can reduce our dependency on the internal combustion engine. The “Us vs. them” mindset needs to be replaced with the “Here, let us show you how” mindset.
The Hummer driver that crowds you in the bike lane may never be converted, but the members and guests on the forums are already interested in two-wheeled locomotion, let’s not scare them away.