I ride a bike for many reasons –and almost all of them are boring. Convenience, independence, a desire to be passably healthy and to spend as little money as possible on my own transportation — all of these factors contribute to make cycling my preferred method of conveyance. These are, with some variation, the same reasons that most regular bicyclists choose to get around the way that they do and they are all perfectly mundane, personal, and apolitical.
So I'm always a little surprised how any discussion about cycling can easily devolve into a frothy-mouthed squabble over city planning or the California Vehicle Code. But really, I shouldn't be surprised, says Jason Henderson, an associate professor of geography at SFSU, because, as he puts it, the “allocation of street space” is always an inherently political proposition.