Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Wheelie Guy in the News
Turns out he's got a website and a project - and today he's in the paper!
I worry about wheelie guy, though. I have seen him only on Liberty and Commercial, on busy roads and sometimes in busy traffic. The wheelie gets attention, but I'm not sure that busy roads are the best places for the wheelie.
I don't know. Is this a "get off my lawn!" moment?
(Sometimes, too, I worry that coverage of bicycling gets shaped too much by the exceptional. The person who bikes across country for a cause. The person who does wheelies for a cause.
This narrative places bicycling on the edges as something exceptional - but not as something normal that everyone does. In many ways - maybe in most ways - I want bicycling to become as banal as driving a car.
At the same time, it's great to see the fun side of bicycling, and even as I worry about Chris, I do admire the wheelie!)