I wrote the previous post late in the evening, after bedtime really. This morning, as I thought about what I'd written, I wondered if today's premium-at-perfume-prices will provoke people to park their SUVs, and if some of them will actually attempt to use bikes to replace them.
I wondered too if the consciousness raising I mentioned could really happen. How could it not, I asked myself. These new riders will surely sense "man's motorized inhumanity to man" directed for the first time at THEM, vulnerable on their bicycles. How can they not be changed?
And then I thought: What if the prohibitive fuel prices last a year or so, during which time we gain thousands of converts to bikes from cars and trucks? And what if fuel prices fall back to an "acceptable" level? Will our converts continue to ride?
If they do not, if they get back in their SUVs as soon as they can afford to, will they remember what life was like when they were riding? Or will they quickly become the preoccupied, rushed, territorial bullies they once were?
We'll see, huh? Meanwhile, as cyclists we can't be totally upset about gas prices. Lance's exploits sold lots of bikes - to club cyclists who drive to each ride. Maybe expensive fuel will sell cycling to people who'll ride because they can't afford to drive or would rather spend the money elsewhere.
On another note: As I rode on the Cherry Creek Trail this morning, I thought for the 1,000th time: Please, New Urban Hipster Cyclists, ask your Dead Authentic, Real-Rider friends to put their hands on their handlebars when they're riding on busy bike paths. Certainly doesn't bother me, but I'll bet it makes some people nervous. People that timid just don't belong on the paths.