“You just tell stories”, said the engineer to the teacher. The implication being, that data and diggers are mightier than the narrative as a means of getting people out of cars and on to bikes. It was an insightful and valuable interaction. I have never swayed from the idea that we need better stories. Pictures tell even better stories. And it seems to be inherently limiting to focus only on cycling. The discussion needs to be broadened to include issues such as healthy communities, transport equity and how to campaign effectively to achieve those goals. That’s the purpose of this site. To provoke, engage, share, discuss, implement, learn, empower. So move over cyclists, there’s a story to be told.
Anyway, for what it’s worth, here’s my story. 😉
The winter sports season is fast approaching and weekly trainings have started in earnest. And fortune has it that the Ninja Princess is having her training sessions at the local park. Which makes it the perfect distance for a Wheeled Pedestrian. Too slow to walk but close enough not to need the car. It’s a father’s dream. 15 minutes of 1 on 1 time with a teenage daughter. And of course, the 15 minutes got stretched out to 30 minutes by the time we stopped along the way to speculate on the progress being made on the nearby construction site. Priceless.
‘Cycling’ is sport and recreation. ‘Riding a bicycle’ is everyday activity. No sweat. As easy as walking, but faster.