What with all the "stuff" * going on in the world at present, it might seem trivial and frivolous to post a love song that mentions bicycles. However, I believe a world with more people using more bicycles would be a better world, and maybe some "bad stuff". might get better.
One might immediately think I promote bicycles for energy and pollution reasons.
No. I am thinking of how cyclists relate to the world, not only during the act of cycling. I define a cyclist as one who uses a bicycle for transportation at least part of the time. I am not talking about bicycle racers. I have mentioned before how while cycling one is much more likely to communicate with other travellers, whether they be in cars, walking, or riding a bicycle.
But recently I discovered it is more than that.
For me , in Arusha, riding a bicycle forces me to be more humble and more in touch with other economic classes. It makes me more aware what it might be like to be marginalised. I become a better person, not always, but generally.
On a bicycle I am immediately NOT part of the privileged class, that class that thinks because one is driving a motorised vehicle that their time , life, or space is more important than a pedestrian or a cyclist. Bicycling I have a glimpse of being discriminated by my class. In some instances I the bicyclist don't seem to exist, or have little value to the other class.
I also receive acts of kindness by vehicle drivers. Arusha drivers will be amazed but the mini bus drivers mostly, they recognize my rights and often apologize for cutting me off.
I then have something to work on and think about the rest of the day. What about the times i misuse privilege, wealth, power?
So a bicycle makes me love others better and more inclusively. I hope to " love others (better) until I die".
*Racism in America, IS, Syria, Ebola,etc