Its been around a month since I started cysling to office. Not that I cycled all the 20 days. But at least 10 days out of 20 I must have cycled all my way to and fro.
Now people have started becoming a bit inquisitive about cycling. How I do it? Why I do it? I just met someone at the ATM yesterday, who was surprised that I cycle to work. Even he thought it was a good idea to cycle but gave me number of reason why he won't be able to cycle to work.
Its funny that people dont mind sweating it out in a gym on a bicycle that goes nowhere. They tell me they wouldnt mind coming to office also on a bicycle only if didnt make them look tired. So now it turns out that its not actually the comfort/effort that petrol gives you. Its more of a cosmetic fuel. Because you burn it just to look good in office. Else you wouldnt mind cycling. Funny!!!
Another commonly said reason is the road safety one. It seems our roads are not safe enough for cyclists. I am not quite sure of the statistics, but more people die on motorised vehicles than on bicycles. I am sure of that! And how do cyclists meet with accident? Not by banging into another cyclist or a pedestrian, they are hit by speeding motorcycle riders or cars. National Permit trucks are the safest road companions for various reasons like they dont speed in the city, stick to their lanes and ride mostly at night.
There is such a taboo about sweating when you come to office. Using deodarant, not using the same pair without washing and taking bath regularly ensures you never stink. But all people want is a reason to not cycle and flaunt their cars.
I have a question to all the people who travel alone in their cars...but I shall reserve it for the next post.