I think I’ve cracked it.
When I cycled to work today – a glorious, beautiful and frankly amazing day to ride a bike – I wondered how I could help all those poor souls wedded to their cars. I mean, why would you want to be couped up in a metal box, breathing recycled air on a day like today unless you really, really have to? (and let’s face it, some people do have to. I have to drive to work for instance, when I’m travelling around our 3 South Wales sites and covering around 50 miles at a time. Others may have health problems or similarly difficult places to travel to and from). So I thought I’d produce a little flowchart to ease the process for everyone else.
Now I’m a big fan of systems and I think pretty much anything can be flowcharted as long as you think it through fully and on occasions, are ready to use an almighty sheet of paper and several coloured pens. So why not flowchart a decision making process for a sunny day, targeted at serial car drivers who fail to see the better option? Here is my stab at it. I’m sure we can flesh it out a bit more and I invite potential collaborators to put your two penneth in. The flowchart is deliberately irreverent and you can play around with the distance threshold (5 miles) ’til you’re blue in the teeth. I reckon my threshold would be around 15 miles depending on route. You can also challenge my views on lycra. I LOVE the stuff. But only for training and racing in. The rest of the time it makes you stand out like a sore thumb, can be unpleaseantly whiffy and is a bacterial nightmare. I like wearing jeans and a t-shirt when I’m sat in a café sipping my flat white and gazing lovingly at my bike.
Please feel free to comment and distribute. Happy commuting.