G’day Cycling Enthusiast
Another year cycling season and fair weather is drawing towards its end, so I have a special request.
Over the upcoming months, as we shift our thoughts to family matters like Thanksgiving and Christmas and the New Year approaches, I have a favour of each of you. When you are speaking of the joys of cycling to others, look around. When you can, direct these thoughts and messages to the youth in the room.
We have an aging demographic of cyclists. We also have environmental issues in a manner like never before, we have threats of aggression all over the world and rooms of children playing computer games, watching television and soon legal weed. Let’s promote cycling.
Kids that perform athletic feats of various types represent a pool for cycling from which to draw. In Canada we have a plethora of hockey players but we also have BMXers, boarders and skiers. We need to grow the sport while simultaneously promoting the health and environmental benefits to the world. This is an easy message for you to sell. You know as well as I do how cycling can have a positive impact on your life.
As any cyclist knows, a short ride to the store is enough to get your heart rate up. Once that blood moves all kinds of good things happen. We get warmer, our lungs clear, our breathing is deeper and when we are home we are more relaxed. Forget the drugs for calming children or stimulating thought. Get on a bike, breathe cleaner air and be healthier for it. These are the messages to deliver.
In the end, cycling clubs might flourish, there should be fewer aggressive drivers and who knows, we just might save the world!
Yours in cycling friendship,