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C2W - Cycle to Work - The What, How and Why

About a year back, I had written to a friend, offering my two-cents-worth on city riding...

Although it's in no way comprehensive, I thought it might be of some relevance here too...

C2W - The What, How and Why

1) Safety Gear

a) Helmet: In addition to the obvious primary reason of protecting your head, a helmet also sends out a clear signal to drivers and pedestrians: "I'm a serious rider, so dont mess with me!" :-)

b) Rear light: Quite essential if you are riding back home in the dark.. Again, this is not just a safety precaution, but a stern statement: "I'm taking all precautions, because I'm serious about city riding... you'd better watch out!"

c) Headlight: Quite necessary for any kind of night riding

d) Bandolier (or jacket with flouroscent/reflector bands): Helps increase your visibility, post-dusk.

e) Rear-view mirrors: Only if you are sure you need them. (I prefer darting quick glances over my shoulders, as and when necessary... works fine for me...)

2) Safety Rules

a) Lane discipline: Stick to your lane; avoid zigzagging through moving traffic.

b) Hand signals: Give hand signals when changing lanes, turning, stopping... these simple things give other drivers enough advance warning of what you are doing, so they are better

prepared; at the same time, they respect you better for "following the


Yeah, there's a reason this one is in capitals :-) And that's because our attitude defines us as riders (and at a deeper level, as individuals - but that's psycho-babble territory, so let's not go there!). :-)

So go on: Own the road! That does not mean doing crazy stuff on the road like it's our pop's property... It means that we hold our ground, and dont get pushed around - neither physically not psychologically. I look at it this way: I have as much right to the road as a guy with a car/bike/truck/BEST bus, and I am sending out the right signals by riding safely and following the rules. So why let anyone get an advantage over me, even psychologically!!

One last thought... Ladies, you might face a bit more hassle on the road... especially a girl riding alone... and you know how some guys (and I’m talking about MCPs only) react to a lady, whether's riding or driving... :-) So project a lot of confidence, especially when you are riding alone...

That's it... Gyaan session over... :-) Time for me to get back on the saddle!

Ride safe. Have fun. :-)

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Comment by Anil Uchil on March 21, 2010 at 1:23pm
I totally agree... hence the last line of the first para under "attitude"... :-)
Comment by Divya Tate on March 21, 2010 at 12:11pm
nice! i'm in total agreement about the attitude! i would actually go so far as to say.... apply the same to life!!
Comment by Anil Uchil on March 20, 2010 at 11:28pm
@Aparna - good! more power to you, lady! keep "staring sternly"...
ride safe... have fun. :-)
Comment by Appu on March 20, 2010 at 6:34pm
RE ur last pt: staring with stern unmoving eyes normally gets them to bow out!
loved the post makes hellova lot of c sense!


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