Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People

lazy cyclistsThe following is an article that James D. Schwartz penned for The Urban Country about a common misconception people tend to associate with cycling – that people who cycle must be hyper-athletic cyclists when in fact most people ride their bike because it’s simply the easiest way to get where they want to go.  

Here in Canada, as in the United States, people tend to generally view bicycles primarily for recreation or sport. Thus, when someone asks me how I arrived somewhere and I tell them I rode my bicycle, they naturally assume that I am athletic, brave, unusual, always late, and I probably need to take a shower.

In reality however, I arrive on time, I’m not sweaty, and I rode my bike not for a workout, but rather au contraire, I rode my bicycle because I am lazy.

I step outside my front door and hop on my bike because I’m too lazy to go downstairs in the parking garage to get the car. I pull my bike up to the front door at my destination because I’m too lazy to drive around looking for a parking spot then having to walk from the car to the building.

I ride my bike instead of taking public transit because I’m too lazy to go to the store to buy bus tickets, and I am far too lazy to dig for loose change under my couch. I am also too lazy to transfer from the bus to the subway to the streetcar, preferring to ride directly to my destination without transfers.

Instead of walking 15 minutes to my destination, I ride my bicycle there in 5. Yes, I ride there because I am too lazy to walk.

I ride my bicycle past dozens of cars at rush hour because I’m too lazy to be stressed out sitting in traffic and too lazy to explain why I’m late all the time.

I sold the last car I owned in 2010* and bought a couple solid bicycles because I was too lazy to maintain the car*. I was too lazy to renew my license plates each year, too lazy to fill up the gas tank, too lazy to shop around for insurance rates, and too lazy to take it to the car wash.

Now I just hop on my bike and go. Lazy transport. No insurance or major repairs required. No licensing, fuel, parking fees or traffic jams.

Urban bicycling is just pure, lazy, simple transport. Great for the body and wonderful for the soul.

*Note: In 2012 my wife decided to buy a car, so we do have a car sitting in the parking garage right now that doesn’t get used a whole lot.

James D. Schwartz is the Editor of The Urban Country and is based in Toronto, Canada. You can contact James at via james.schwartz@theurbancountry.com or follow him on Twitter.

3 Responses to Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People

  1. Dave Sullivan says:

    I get it. Last night my bus to the train was very late, so I knew when the bus finally arrived that I would have to wait at the train station 20 minutes for the next southbound. I had a choice, however. The bus passed several Car2Gos (or Cars2Go) and I could have driven instead. But I was too bloody lazy, so I stayed on the bus, then relaxed at the Kramer station for 20 minutes with a book. The result was that I was 10 minutes late for a meeting. But my slacker attitude kept a car (albeit a small one) off the road. After my meeting, I bummed a ride with a colleague who was driving home past where my bike was parked (in a parking garage at UT), and after he dropped me off I lazily biked home.

  2. Max Minor says:

    Up until 1998, I had a $1,000 bike which I LOVED to ride as often as possible. Then I was hit by cars: twice on my bike (once at Riverside & Congress, once at 5th & Congress) and once at Elizabeth & Congress while WALKING. In the walking incident, I saw it coming and jumped straight up, landing on the hood of the car that was turning right on Congress and raced up past the stop sign without even looking to the left. Luckily, I was very alert in all 3 instances and avoided injury. I immediately sold my bike at a large loss and resolved never to bike in Austin again. There are too many insane drivers here from EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately, the only safe biking in Austin is on a trail. Stay Safe!