“That’s Not Appropriate”
No, we’re not talking about what’s coming up in this Friday’s Photo Caption Contest (though I do advise viewing on an empty stomach). No, this was actually what one of by clients said to me today about riding a bike to work in ordinary clothes - she’d passed me in her car some time last week.
It was the typical, “Ew, but you’ll get there all sweaty” conversation. The arguments are well rehearsed, but when I revealed that I even rode in a suit (one made out of wool rather than Lycra) last week, the look of horror was superb. I only wish I’d had a camera to catch the moment.
But that phrase: “That’s not appropriate”, what does it say about how riding a bike is seen here? Clearly not as something that’s work related - it’s a pass-time, a sport, something you do at the weekend. Certainly not anything related to any kind of professional activity.
Strange, isn’t it? I mean, riding a bike can be all those things, and certainly something to do at the weekend just because it’s fun. But need that exclude using two wheels powered porridge as sustainable fuel?