You Deserve To Be Out There
One of the most popular fears I’ve seen from cyclists is the fear of riding out on busy roads. I’ve seen tweets, received e-mails, and had people mention this following our Cycling 360 podcast on Fear. It’s a valid concern and unfortunately it is something that keeps some people from riding their bikes.
So what’s the answer? How do we convince people to get out there and ride their bicycles with no fear of traffic and what it might do to them? Here is the quick reply I often tell people when asked about this fear:
Be confident and smart, Own your space, and Remember that you DESERVE to be out there.
This may be simple advice, but I feel if you remember these three things when heading out for your ride….it will help you get over your fear. Along with this advice, I am also now working very closely with the Please BE KIND to Cyclists organization here in Austin, Texas….and we’re doing our best to make the roads safer for all of us. With a mission statement like the one below, you know I just had to get involved with this fantastic organization:
Our mission is to contribute to a global social change and create stronger and healthier communities. We provide educational resources to both automobile drivers and cyclists so they can learn to coexist and share the road safely and with respect.
So what’s holding you back? If you have more questions on the fear of riding, or the fear of riding in traffic please send them in to us and we’ll do all we can to help get you out on the road.