The Shredded Schrader

February 18, 2010

We drive. They ride.

Filed under: Advocacy,Vocabulary — Danimal @ 12:49 pm

Instead of saying I ride my bike I usually opt to say I drive my bike. This seems to throw people off and push them to “correct me.” No, no, no; The Motorist rides, we’re the ones who drive. Saying we “ride” marginalizes our efforts.

To drive is “to impart a forward motion to by physical force.” The Motorist doesn’t do that; their motors do. They simply sit there at most “directing” as they pollute, endanger cyclists, and disable themselves. Sounds a bit like “riding,” to me. Oh, the wreckful laziness of the motorist!

On the other hand, cyclists work to propel themselves. Not only are they directing, but they are physically providing the input energy responsible for propelling their vehicle forward.

And a reminder while I’m on my soap box; our ships are both technically and legally vehicles.


One response to “We drive. They ride.”

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