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Article in the Brooklyn Paper

In a world where certain individuals aren’t necessarily reflecting the best attributes of our bike community…not naming any names here.

I’m just trying to keep it positive…and promote a new book project.

Reporter Claire Glass of the Brooklyn Paper sat down with me and wrote a nice article. Thanks Claire for giving me a voice.

(photo by: Claire Glass)

This biker is no ‘Snob’!
By Claire Glass
for The Brooklyn Paper
Published April 20th, 2010

Park Sloper Michael Green — who started his two-wheeled life as a bike messenger during the wild early 1990s — has a forthcoming book that challenges some of urban cycling community’s most-sacred notions.
es, Green’s book, “Bike NYC,” will be a bike-centric Lonely Planet-style tour guide, but the main point is celebrate a libertarian approach to biking.

Hence the problem with bike lanes.

“Biking is about taking matters into your own hands,” Green said. “People ask me how I can be a bike advocate if I don’t use bike lanes, and I say, ‘Once the city gives you bike lanes, you’re expected to stick to them — and that’s limiting.’ ”

Green’s no elitist, taking a different approach than the so-called “Bike Snob,” who also has a book out right now (see main story) Rather, Green doesn’t want to waste time dividing the biking world up between “us” (the hardcore riders) and “them” (those people you see in Prospect Park with their kids on the tag-along).

Read the whole article here.

1 comment to Article in the Brooklyn Paper

  • Rob

    “I hold biking in such a high regard that I don’t have time to make fun of it or the people who make up the culture,’ he said.”

    “In a world where certain individuals aren’t necessarily reflecting the best attributes of our bike community…not naming any names here.”

    Wait, no time to make fun of cyclists or just enough to slam Christopher? Which one is it?