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Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Bicycle Culture | 2 comments

Because She Can

Here is a beautiful, poetic description of what makes The Dance work… and why it’s so easy for a self-assured woman.

From the new blog, own the road:

Role-models of distinction

Confidence in their own status enables them to claim a share of the common land we call streets. They know they own the road. Their cheerful conduct is easy for others to interpret and react to.

Before you can share something, you need to possess it. When you travel by bike owning the road is what allows you to be generous to those less fortunate or imaginative than yourself.

Read the rest here.

2 Comments

  1. The woman that he speaks about, I am sure, does not not think of herself in heroic terms. She is just using her bicycle to get from one place to another. It’s a bit over dramatic to think otherwise.

    He mentions a BBC Radio 4 show about shared space and I listened to that.
    If you want to hear it, you better hurry since it won’t be available in a few days. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018xs8t/Thinking_Streets/

    We have an intersection here in Winter Park that approximates an uncontrolled intersection. I think it is a good topic for a post.

  2. “I am sure, does not not think of herself in heroic terms.”

    The unintentional heroism is what’s so inspirational.

    “We have an intersection here in Winter Park that approximates an uncontrolled intersection. I think it is a good topic for a post.”

    Well then, you have a writing assignment :-)