Yet Another Cyclist's Manifesto
being 1 cyclist in at least 1 billion throughout the world,
on this ______ day of ___________________, 20___
declare the following truths to be self-evident and inalienable.
- That all cyclists are born equal. The wearing of tweed does not make you a better transport cyclist than one wearing lycra, nor does riding a fixie set you at a higher station than the rider of a mountain bike with panniers.
- That cycling on public roads is a right, above the privilege of driving. Driving was never intended to have the higher place, the very fact that a licence to drive is only issued to those who meet preset requirements and can only be done in a vehicle which has been proven and registered as being roadworthy is proof that it is a privilege and can be revoked in a trice. Cycling, being an unlicenced activity, is as free as walking and, even though you may be fined for breaches of cycling law, you can never be denied the right of cycling through suspension or confiscation.
- That cyclists have the same rights to assessment of their own safety as any other person in society. Cyclists are not in and of themselves less capable of assessing their own personal risk than other members of society and there should be no laws allowed of Parliament which require or force cyclists to wear ridiculous, unwholesome, unstylish or even unsafe forms of attire to "protect" them from perceived or actual dangers, regardless of how silly this may seem to non-cyclists.
- That cycling is the most environmentally and economically sustainable, the most social and friendly AND the healthiest form of transport invented. All other forms of transport, while having a small place in society, will lead to social decay and the collapse of civilisation if allowed to prevail unchecked at the expense human-powered transport.
- That cyclists are not to blame for the danger imposed on them by others and should not feel beholden to accept responsibility for harm done to them by the thooughtless and malicious. Cycling is safer to the surrounding community than motoring. People are killed by motor vehicles on a daily basis and in some of the most horrific circumstances. Hardly anybody has ever been killed by a bicycle. If bicycles were removed from public roads, death and injury statistics would barely change. If motor vehicles were removed from public roads, there would hardly be death and injury statistics worth keeping by transport authorities, there simply wouldn't be any. In fact, the more people cycling, the safer it becomes.
Motoring, even in the hands of responsible operators, radiates danger outward onto the community, making streets unsafe, isolating and unpleasant public places. Bicycles are silent, sociable and a humane form of transport which make streets the meeting places and social networks they were meant to be. Sign the pledge and ride your bicycle for transport and pleasure.
Recommended to the citizens of the world by
"Crunchy" Steve (@crunchysteve),