Darryl runs a website called Loving The Bike. Darryl is passionate about cycling in an all inclusive and welcoming way. He is a very open and friendly guy and this really comes across in the website articles. Loving The Bike always has interesting posts, and while they almost always relate to cycling in some way or other, they avoid tech-talk, or getting uptight about what kind of clothing you're wearing or how heavy your bottom bracket is. Darryl very kindly agree to answer 5 questions from Ban T-shirts, so here goes....
Question 1. You have a website called "Loving the Bike" - it comes across as being very informal but always seems to bring up interesting subjects and gets lots of comments. Tell us a little about Loving The Bike and what the secret of its success is! (If it's not a trade secret!).
I guess you could say that Loving the Bike is an extension of my personality. I feel like I'm a pretty up front and relaxed guy and I've also been said that I have some major enthusiasm for life. Loving the Bike was built and branded based on my personal characteristics. So basically, the secret to its success is due to staying true to myself and who I am.
Question 2. You are based in Grenada - how does living there compare to the US from a cyclist's point of view?
When I started Loving the Bike in February 2010, I was living in Canada. Yes, I'm a Canadian who has spent most of the past 10 years living somewhere else...but I was there when it all started. In the three years of our website being around, I've lived in three different locations. First Canada, then Austin Texas, and now Grenada.
Austin was by far the best cycling location I've ever lived in and it would be very difficult to find something that compares to the way it was. Grenada is a totally different place for many reasons, but the roads here are bikeable. We also have a strong cycling racing and triathlon scene here so there is some bike culture around.
To answer this question, I would say that there is really no comparison between cycling in Grenada and the US, Canada, or any similar location. But part of my mission is to change things and make this island much more bike friendly.
Question 3. Is #bikeschool still active on Twitter? What's that about?
We started #bikeschool over two years ago and it has quickly taken on a life of it's own. I consider it something that is now owned by the cycling community on Twitter. #bikeschool is a live chat on Twitter every Thursday night at 9p EST and more information can be found at www.lovingthebike.com/bikeschool.
Question 4. How do we get from cycling as a leisure/sporting activity to cycling as a mode of transport? Is it even a realistic aim, considerig the distances many people need to travel each day?
Ah, this is the million dollar question. If I had my way, cities would have been built around bicycles being the main source of transportation. Unfortunately that wasn't the case, and now many are chipping away and doing what they can to make a city more bike friendly. There are a lot of places where cycling has successfully become a feasible mode of transportation supported by good infrastructure. Of course, The Netherlands have done the best job at this...but places like Portland, LA, and some others have done a good job as well. There is a video by Bill Nye where he explains his ideal city of the future and most of it is built around bicycle transportation. He's got some amazing ideas, and I would absolutely love to relocate to a place like that in the future. Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlyHVQRiw1g.
Question 5. How can we get drivers to care more about cyclists? Or are (some?) cyclists part of the problem?
It's a bit of both. In order to be respected by drivers, we need cyclists to behave properly on the roads. But with that said, I really don't think that actions of one cyclist should make a driver have a bad attitude to all of us. The best way to describe things is the word invisible. Most drivers don't see us out there because they either don't have us on your mind, or because they are preoccupied with their cell phone and not paying attention.
This topic burns me up and I've written several posts around it. In my post, "Can you spot the cyclist?" I talk about how drivers need to get us on their brain when they're out on the road. I've also written about my pet peeve of drivers using cell phones, and more can be found at "Drop the Phone, Save a Cyclist".
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