Since I returned to work after my paternity leave in mid-April, I have been biking more to the office and I am reminded of an issue that has bothered me since I started biking to work in early 2008. Cyclists who are racing to work.
Folks, you’re doing it wrong. If you’re going to race anywhere it ought to be home, after the workday is done. Even then, I would still suggest taking it easy, being safe, and clearing your mind.
Not to mention that racing anywhere in this city on two wheels is a recipe for disaster. Riding casually and methodically gives you a better chance at increasing your awareness of the traffic around you, pedestrians who may cross your path, and following the traffic laws (yep, they do apply to cyclists).
If you find that you’re racing to the office, take a moment to slow down and see the world around you. Appreciate the fact that you aren’t sitting on a crowded CTA train or bus. Breath. Stop for a cup of coffee. Say “hi” to someone. Just live the trip instead of trying to be the first one to the traffic light.