People’s perceptions are amusing. I’ve been on a number of group rides through downtown Orlando (including, but not limited to, Critical Mass) where someone has said something like, “it’s so cool to be able to ride down Orange Avenue!” As if it would not be possible without 20, or 50, or 300 other cyclists.
In October, CyclistView videographer, Brian DeSousa, shot video of me riding through downtown on my Surly. I never got around to publishing it, but I showed it to friends. Many were very surprised that it could be so easy. It never occurred to them that they could ride on Orange Avenue before seeing the video. Well, that gave Mighk and me an idea. We needed to shoot this with a comfort bike! So on Brian’s last visit, we did.
Here you go. Imagine the “feel” of our city and how it would change people’s perceptions and expectations if this was a common sight:
Aside from the lousy pavement, downtown Orlando is an easy and friendly environment for biking. You don’t need special facilities, athletic prowess, a “fast bike” or nerves of steel. Riding in downtown traffic does not require speed or vigilance. All you need are a few simple skills and a calm assertiveness that comes from your belief that you belong on the road.
You can help change the face of our community. Get out there and ride on the roads like you mean it!
Thank you Brian for the exceptional video work! You have given us a tremendous gift! And many thanks to Retro City Cycles for letting me ride the Schwinn Jenny (that thing was fun!).