The truth is not theirs. It’s yours. Absolutely.

 

31.10.2017
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The truth is out there. But don't trust people who suggest they allone know where to find it. They do not.
Text: Johannes P. Reimann  |  Foto: Skitterphoto

[This text was a script for an animated explaning clip. Please imagine the voiceover as done by the one and only Don Lafontaine.]

In a world that is completely running out of oil and at the same time is flushed by so many motorized vehicles no one needs, there is only one answer to all our problems: cycling. You know about that. You know about its fun, about its health impacts and about its benefits in doing mobility at very low costs. Everybody knows. But, my friend, do not be surprised: It seems everybody knows better than you. In fact, there are several bunches of people that try to make you believe their own truth about cycling.

»Is it true a politician’s heart can rust away and fall apart? I guess it must be hard, it must be hard, to know what’s good and to know what’s easy« (Katie Melua)

For example, you’ll find a lot of #politicians out there who want you to believe that nobody except from themselves possesses the power to decide what is going on with cyclists on our streets. They meet in councils and work groups on a regular basis. They define a minimum and also a maximum amount of people using the bike for their every day mobility. The make decisions on which routes to take as a cyclist and on how to be equipped. They value the mood of our cities and villages and declare them as bike-friendly or unfriendly. These #politicians take themselves for the highest watchers of every cyclist’s interests and pretend their judgement to be the mandatory condition for cycling. But it isn’t. Sure, dealing with the surroundings and with the management of all the taffic elements can help make cycling more funny. But it does not hit the nail on the head. To ride a bicycle you only need one thing instantly: a bicycle.

»We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.« (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

Perhaps you will also get in touch with some #activists gathered in organisations and groups of the so called civil society. They want you to believe that nobody except from themselves possesses the knowledge on what amount and what quality of infrastructure is needed for cycling. They do test and control the state of each and every centimetre of roads, signs and parking lots. They demand bike lanes that are separated from all the other means of transport. They look at cycling solely as a technical system and demand every component to be of the highest quality. They deny every chance to have fun by cycling without appropriate instalments. These #activists take themselves for the highest watchers of every cyclist’s interests and pretend their jugdement to be the mandatory condition for cycling. But it isn’t. Sure, demanding the highest comfort for cyclists and their bikes can help make cycling more funny. But it does not hit the mark. To ride a bicycle you only need one thing instantly: a bicycle.

»Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.« (Albert Einstein)

Maybe you also realize the discussion of those #academics who want you to believe that nobody except from themselves possesses valid results on how to organize your personal and individual mobility. They do surveys and questionnaires all year long and write reports in which they declare their findings to be the only legitimate truth about cycling. They name you the more modern the more often you change your vehicle within one single way. They sort you to be a member of a certain behavioural group and from this fact they deduct how many different purposes you ride your bike for how many times. Those #academics take themselves for the highest watchers of every cyclist’s interests and pretend their judgement to be the mandatroy condition for cycling. But it isn’t. Sure, knowing about the structure of traffic flows and streams can perhaps help make cycling more funny. But it does not hit the bull’s eye. To ride a bicycle you only need one thing instantly: a bicycle.

»The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed — for lack of a better word — is good. […] If you need a friend, get a dog.« (Gordon Gecko)

Finally, you’ll find a whole bunch of #industrialists and #businessmen who want you to believe that nobody except from themselves possesses the resources which will let you become a successful cyclist. They spend a lot of money in research and invention of new technical applications and several components to design a luxury, power-driven vehicle out of your good old two-wheeler. They want you to believe that cycling isn’t possible without engines and electrical gears and batteries and even intelligent software including the ability to connect with the cloud. Those #industrials and #businessmen take themselves for the highest watchers of every cyclist’s interests and pretend their judgement to be the mandatory condition for cycling. But it isn’t. Sure, getting some techy features can perhaps help make cycling more funny. But it does not ly on the heart of the matter. To ride a bicycle you only need one thing instantly: a bicycle.

Do your thing. Be a maker. Just ride!

In a world that rises from the experience of a long industrial century, nobody, I mean really nobody dares to tell you how to drive your car. But everyone tells you how to ride a bike the best — or even why better not to do. The politicians rule. The activists prevent. The academics are smart-ass. The industrials sell. But you know what? That’s a whole lot of blah blah blah. Don’t let yourself be driven by the interests of those people. Never forget: No drivers license needed. No minimum age needed. No special equipment needed. Even no ambitious grids and highways and lanes and signalling needed. To ride a bicycle you only need one thing instantly: a bicycle. Just do it!

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