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.
This biker is no â€˜Snobâ€™!
By Claire Glass
for The Brooklyn Paper
Published April 20th, 2010
Park Sloper Michael Green â€” who started his two-wheeled life as a bike messenger during the wild early 1990s â€” has a forthcoming book that challenges some of urban cycling communityâ€™s most-sacred notions.
es, Greenâ€™s book, â€œBike NYC,â€ 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.
â€œBiking is about taking matters into your own hands,â€ Green said. â€œPeople ask me how I can be a bike advocate if I donâ€™t use bike lanes, and I say, â€˜Once the city gives you bike lanes, youâ€™re expected to stick to them â€” and thatâ€™s limiting.â€™ â€
Greenâ€™s no elitist, taking a different approach than the so-called â€œBike Snob,â€ who also has a book out right now (see main story) Rather, Green doesnâ€™t want to waste time dividing the biking world up between â€œusâ€ (the hardcore riders) and â€œthemâ€ (those people you see in Prospect Park with their kids on the tag-along).
Read the whole article here.