You know Lars here on Twitter asked why I thought Ottawa would never be a bicycling city such as Helsinki.
So your agent politely said that Ottawa’s climate is much colder than Helsinki’s and that Europe has a different culture of transportation.
So how does my friend Lars respond? Not addressing climate or culture but that your agent has to embrace the future. Well what does that have to do with anything? That’s not the point of his question or my answer.
It’s just rhetoric. And that’s what you get on #ottbike on Twitter. The converted talking to the converted and wallowing in rhetoric rather than rational thought.
Here is how rational thought goes: “Two and two is four.” Answer: “Yes, it does.”
On #ottbike it is like this: “Two and two is four.” Answer: “You must embrace the future of cycling.”
I don’t know why I engage these people. They have a cult-like adherence to cycling that refuses to embrace debate or criticism. They ignore two valid answers to a question they asked and they just return to rhetoric. It is myopic and frightening.
Blindly following a cause is hardly rational or democratic. If a cause cannot address criticism or someone different, it doesn’t bode well for the future.
The vast majority of cyclists embrace cycling as good healthy recreation. And god bless them. But this cult on #ottbike is scary.