The phrase “I’m a cyclist too…” is becoming a common defence of people who want to say silly things. Here we explore five types of people who say “I’m a cyclist too…”.
The point is that if you have a point it will stand up regardless of if you are a cyclist or not.
1. “I’m a cyclist too…” and I’m fine with the status quo
This person cycles, but they are fine with the status quo. When a cycle route upgrade is suggested you might hear them say something like: “I’m a cyclist too, but our roads are fine, just take the lane and it will be grand.”
If you ask: Would you let your children cycle to school? They often get a little flustered: “No, but… but…”
2. “I’m a cyclist too…” which is irrelevant to my poor driving
Their response is “I’m a cyclist too” as if that somehow excuses their poor driving. It doesn’t, not every a small bit. It’s about as relevant as hitting a pedestrian and saying “I’m a pedestrian too.”
3. “I’m a cyclist too… but what about the cars?”
But — and this a big but — they don’t understand how change works: That space for cycling on already built city and town streets mainly can only come from transferring it from cars to bicycles.
4. “I’m a cyclist too… I do a few 100km every weekend”
Alternative version: “I’m a cyclist too…but I’d never cycle on the main roads. I just like cycling around parks or on a greenway in the summer.
5. “I’m a cyclist too…” but my bicycle is on a museum wall
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Ok, so, nobody is going to say anything like this, but there are some people who very loosely say “I’m a cyclist too” when they have not cycled for years.
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