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      CommentAuthorKathy
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2011
     
    A quote that resonates with those of us who grew up in snowier climes -
    "A bicycle promises spring as surely as the hollowing out of melting snowbanks, the return of song birds, the first bright tulip bud."
    From The Risk Pool by Richard Russo.
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    "Cycling in ordinary clothes is a sign of a civilized society." - Lyn Sloman
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2011 edited
     
    Technically not a bicycle quote but I always loved this one:

    "The more you drive, the less intelligent you are." - Miller from "Repo Man" (1984)
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2011 edited
     
    Suggested by-laws, rules, and regulations for forming a bicycle club:

    "Objects -- Article II (2) The promotion (by force of example) of the use of the bicycle as a practicable and enjoyable aid to locomotion, by the general public."

    In Charles E. Pratt, _The American Bicycler: A Manual for the Observer, the Learner, and the Expert_ (1879)
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2011
     
    "Some people's souls, it's said, are black; others are made of gold. Mine is the one with the bicycle tire tracks on it."

    random quote a friend sent me. said its from a really old reader article... who knows who wrote it, but i like it!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
     
    Partially because the city's car-oriented bureaucracy has been spectacularly incompetent at implementing proposed bike plans, local riding has become a ground-up movement, centered around low-mileage events and support for bikes through neighborhood councils that outpace slow-footed bureaucrats at city hall. This cycling reality reflects the best elements of America itself: individual, creative and grown from the bottom up


    From the latest Bicycling Magazine issue. The city in question is about L.A., but can very well be about San Diego.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2011
     
    "I not lie. I doing bagels." Rider Roberto Gaggioli at an East Coast race when stopped by police for spinning circles in a parking lot in his rental car.

    This is the same Gaggioli who attacked Jonny Sundt with a 2x4 after being fouled in a sprint.
    • CommentAuthortimfksd
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2011
     
    Jim:A Zen Teacher saw five of his students return from the market, riding their bicycles.
    When they had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, "Why are you riding your
    bicycles?" The first student replied, "The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes.
    I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!" The teacher praised the student,
    saying, "You are a smart boy. When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over, as I do."
    The second student replied, "I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll
    down the path." The teacher commended the student, "Your eyes are open and you see
    the world." The third student replied, "When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant,
    nam myoho renge kyo." The teacher gave praise to the third student, "Your mind will
    roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel." The fourth student answered,
    "Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all beings." The teacher was pleased and said,
    "You are riding on the golden path of non-harming." The fifth student replied,
    "I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle." The teacher went and sat at the feet of the
    fifth student, and said, "I am your disciple."


    Great quote!
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    "Statistics don’t sell cycling, cycling does. People have to see and feel it for themselves to really understand the significance of putting cycling at the forefront of rethinking our urban mobility. The most powerful means second to that are the visual arts: photos and videos." - Amsterdamize
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    "Bicyclists are sort of people..." - Jan Gehl
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2011
     
    From @bikeportland today:

    "If only bikes required expensive roads, expensive fuels, and expensive parts... Then maybe they'd get major political attention."
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2011
     
    From @carltonreid:
    "I'm more likely to be harmed by a bad driver than a terrorist; police resources ought to reflect that." bit.ly/tGqNhC

    Of course, one might consider replacing "police" with "DoD".
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2011
     
    Aggressive drivers who use their vehicles as weapons ARE terrorists.
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011
     
    "I just saved a bunch on my car insurance by switching to Shimano!"
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011
     
    "I just saved a bunch on my car insurance by switching to VELO!"
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
     
    Because maintaining the illusion that drivers and cyclists are equal is the key to making sure that they stay unequal, and it ensures that anything that happens to you when you're on a bike remains your fault--or at least not the driver's fault. As long as they keep telling you to act like a car, then that means it's OK when you get hit by a car, despite the enormous disparity between the machines and your utter lack of sheet metal. What's the difference between a door ding and a dead cyclist in most of America? Technically nothing--in fact, you're probably worse off if you give someone a door ding. Sometimes, equality is the greatest iniquity.
    -- BSNYC
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
     
    Sam:
    Because maintaining the illusion that drivers and cyclists are equal is the key to making sure that they stay unequal, and it ensures that anything that happens to you when you're on a bike remains your fault--or at least not the driver's fault. As long as they keep telling you to act like a car, then that means it's OK when you get hit by a car, despite the enormous disparity between the machines and your utter lack of sheet metal. What's the difference between a door ding and a dead cyclist in most of America? Technically nothing--in fact, you're probably worse off if you give someone a door ding. Sometimes, equality is the greatest iniquity.
    -- BSNYC


    sad and true
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012 edited
     
    Somehow I missed how "equal" means that it is by definition the bicyclist's fault and not the motorist's fault.

    It's NOT OK when another car hits my car.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2012
     
    "Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia."

    --H.G. Wells
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2013
     
    "Use your transportation engineers. Get them out on bicycles, show them bicycle friendly engineering guidance, and solicit their help in counting bicycles, analyzing crashes, and setting up pilot projects. If you don't engineer safe places for people to ride, no amount of encouragement or education will convince the vast majority of people to use bikes."
    Shaun Murphy, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Minneapolis (Gold Bike Friendly Community)
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2013 edited
     
    Cargo biking is a load bearing exercise.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2013
     
    It is impossible to find solutions when you're busy making excuses.
    -Ted Rogers
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     
    Design of the roads, not human behavior - is what needs to change.
    -Samantha Ollinger
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2014
     
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2018
     
    A bike with no rack is like pants without pockets.
    -Lane Kagay/CETMA Cargo
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2018
     
    "A whole family lost to car crashes. Enough to make a person buy a bike."

    - What Dreams May Come