Decades ago our public road space was usurped by a wealthy minority. Thus began the Motor Age Occupation of our streets. It started with invasion and resistance, but in time, the majority was made to believe that streets were for cars and all others intrude at their own peril. Citizens were made to believe we have to buy back our right to travel safely by owning and maintaining an automobile (even though we subsidize all the externalities of motoring regardless of whether or not we own a car).
But that is just a belief. A sad, limiting, dysfunctional belief.
Excesses of this Motor Age belief have worn out its welcome, gutted our communities, polluted our environment, diverted our assets and undermined our health and quality of life. Slowly, the majority is turning away from the Motor Age — back to what we believed for thousands of years before the automobile.
Streets are for people.
They are ours to use by human power. Now.
We don’t need permission. We don’t need a permit.
We are not helpless or dependent. We don’t need segregation. We don’t need government, planners, consultants or advocates to help us drive our bikes. We don’t need more bicyclists to make us safe or legitimate. We don’t need a higher authority to tell the motorists we belong on the road.
We are Bicycle Drivers.
Motor Age beliefs have no power over us. Because we already know the truth.
Every day, we take back our rightful and legal place on the infrastructure we already pay for.
With a smile.