More Than a Cyclist

I am a cyclist. I am the person who causes you to slow down because I take up too much of the road. I am the person you see riding up and down roads early in the morning and late in the after. I am the person you don’t see as you put on make-up, talk on your phone or turn around to talk to your child in the back seat. I am the person you scream at, honk at or maybe even throw things at in frustration.

But I am also a runner, a swimmer and a triathlete that uses these sports to stay fit and healthy so that I might live a long life. A life as a …

Wife

Mom

Sister

Daughter

I am a cyclist. But I am also a person who understands your fear and frustrations when you encounter a cyclist. I understand that you are in a hurry to get to work, home or one of the thousands of other places you may be traveling. I understand these things because I am also a person who drives and feels the same distractions, fears and frustrations when I encounter a cyclist.

Today I ask you to stop looking at cyclists as the people who slow you down, get in your way and annoy you. I ask that you start looking at them as the person they are the other 23 hours of the day and value their lives the way you do other people you encounter each day.

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About Ann Brennan

Ann Brennan is first and foremost a mom of three beautiful children. She is the managing editor of Beyond Limits Magazine and the creator of Ann’s Running Commentary. In 2012, Ann took Ann’s Running Commentary to new levels – first with a segment on the RunRunLive Podcast, chronicling her journey to her first Ironman and second, with a new channel on YouTube. Currently Ann is working on a non-fiction book series and working hard every day to remind people to get up, get active and get out there.
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10 Responses to More Than a Cyclist

  1. Paula Kiger says:

    Very well said. Anyone who has ever driven a car simultaneously with sharing the road with a cyclist should read this!

  2. Love.This. I really wish drivers would be more conscientious.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Great post! As someone who has been hit by a driver on a cellphone, I truly appreciate this post!

    Share the road!

  4. Pamela says:

    Yes! Well said. :)

  5. Great post, Ann…..and nice to see you writing about cycling. We may be called cyclists….but people need to think of us as a person on a bicycle. We are husbands, parents, sons, daughters….all with someone who loves us at home.

    We’re not out there to mess with drivers or make their day any worse off….we’re there to share the roads with them while we train, commute, and enjoy the beautiful world.

    Darryl

  6. Larry says:

    Well said, Ann!

  7. I like that you pointed out that almost everyone who is a cyclist is also a driver. We all get frustrated with anything that slows us down. We just have to remember, if it were a car instead of a bike in front of you, you’d be slowed by it too, with less chance to pass when the time came.

  8. Tell it, Ann! Well said!

  9. Great post! I’m also a runner, cyclist AND driver. I like to think that I don’t get annoyed as a driver, but I know that’s not always the case. I found your blog based on your road ID giveaway via dailymile and am now subscribed. Especially like that you’re based in Annapolis! :)

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