Not totally gratuitous because it is related to something that was on my mind yesterday, and that’s that I never see other cyclists who look like me:
- A lady
- Dressed reasonably nicely for work
- With a helmet
- And using lights
This doesn’t seem like a huge list of criteria, but I never see it. One, because 80% of people I see on bikes are dudes. But even taking gender out of it, I don’t see people like me. Usually, if someone is rocking lights and a helmet, they’re also wearing spandex, a jersey, or some other serious cyclist gear, or sometimes just jeans or more casual clothes. If I see someone dressed like me, in a dress or work pants, they’re almost never wearing a helmet and rarely do they have lights. Why is that? I commute downtown. There should be a ton of me’s.
It makes me feel like a lonely weirdo cyclist.