The Post In Which I Sound Like A Smug Asshole

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

Hey did you notice gas prices have shot up again? Or to be more accurate gas prices have continued to go up, as they have been for a while now, but people are starting to pay attention again.

Seems that against all common sense people still pay money to own giant money sinks called cars. Cars run on oil, and it seems that oil is pricey shit. Really folks, was this really a surprise? Gas prices have been on a steady upward trend for a decade.

So we have a long term trend of higher and higher gas prices, surly the American public would be moving towards fuel efficient cars, and demanding that our government mandate higher fuel economy for cars…not so much.

Now if you live out in the Midwest someplace and you have to drive 40 miles just to get to the nearest neighbor you might want to get a car, by why for the love of all things holy does anyone who lives and works in Boston own a car? Or if you own one, why do you drive it for anything other than going to Vermont to visit Grammy?

Every day I see the same people stuck in the same traffic on their way to the same place I am going, only I get there 15 minutes sooner, my legs look better, and I didn’t spend 50 dollars to fill up my gas tank.

Why do they put themselves through such torture…every…day? It’s clear from all the honking and aggressive driving that they are not having a good time, so why do they get up every day and strap into their expensive obesity machines only to spend an hour stuck staring at the back of the car in front of them? It boggles the mind.

I would have felt sorry for you in 2001 the first time gas prices started to go up, I might have even felt sorry for you the second time they spiked, or the third, or the fourth. But honestly in the words of a great philosopher:

Let me tell you a little secret, gas prices are never going down. Traffic will never go away so long as you drive to work every day. You are never going to lose that weight sitting in your car all day. Time to get a bicycle. Your car is no longer a convenience, its a weight around your neck.

Every day I pass hundreds of people who look miserable. They sit in their little metal boxes, the smiles they left their house with long gone, the money in their wallet rapidly exiting the tail pipe, and more often than not they are viably angry with the car in front of them. Meanwhile next to them is a sea of people zooming by on bicycle, smiling happy people rich in health and dollars.

Cycling is not only faster, it is more fun. That’s right fun, you can have fun on your way to work, real actual non-drug induced fun! Not only is it fun but your ass will look amazing, your wallet will be fat with money, and you will not be such a cranky asshole.

Not to rub it in your face, but if you are reading this and you drive to work every day, you are really missing out. Bike to work month is right around the corner and you might want to seriously consider it this year.

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6 Responses to “The Post In Which I Sound Like A Smug Asshole”

  1. By Charlie on Apr 27, 2011 | Reply

    Bicycling is definitely the most enjoyable way to get to work. Walking is second. I can honestly say I look forward to my commute. Experiencing all the seasons, getting fresh air every day, moving your body after sitting at a desk all day, are all wonderful things.

    Some of those people in cars really do have no choice but to drive. There are many who could bike, walk, take transit, or a combination of the three, if they really wanted to.

    Honestly the biggest barriers to more people bicycling instead of driving is all the cars on the roads and the fact that most of those roads, especially the busy high-speed ones, are not accommodating to bicyclists at all. Few people if any who commute to an office park on Route 9 or off of the Middlesex Turnpike (just to name two) is going to start biking to work. Not until those roads get seriously bike-friendly (bike lanes at LEAST!).

    As we’ve seen with the Minuteman Path and the expansion of bike lanes across the Boston area, if you build it they will come. There are definitely people who want to bike. But they need to be safe AND feel safe. And the only way that’s gonna happen is if the infrastructure invites them to do so.

    Of course education is a huge component of this too. Most adults don’t know how to ride a bike safely and comfortably in traffic. It’s not hard to learn, but you have to take the initiative to do it.

  2. By Grimlocke Von Hecht on Apr 27, 2011 | Reply

    here here!

    \m/ SMUG \m/

  3. By Lovely Bicycle! on Apr 27, 2011 | Reply

    Not to be equally smug, but I genuinely had no idea they’ve gone up. That info is not relevant to my budget : )

  4. By Fenway on Apr 27, 2011 | Reply

    Like him or not, he does know a good mountain bike when he sees one.

  5. By S. Molnar on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, young fella, 2001 was not “the first time gas prices started to go up”. Your graph clearly shows a huge spike in 1980, which some of us remember well.

  6. By A Roberts on May 2, 2011 | Reply

    I have no sympathy for anyone who lives near a T or within walking/cycling distance of work who chooses to commute into Boston by car and think there should be intensives to encourage these people to seek alternative forms of transport.

    Having said that, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford to live near a commuter rail/mbta stop (check property prices they are always higher near stations) and may have no other alternative than driving in to work.

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