I love the beautiful historic area the Daniel Boone Home and old family home steads and great roads and climbs. While training out there today I was appauled to see someone had taken a can of Yellow spray paint and painted in large letters the road in front of historic Schlusburg church and at other points up to and including the Schlusburg climb with those catchy biking phrases. You know like Hammer, Go Home Aussies and somethng for Ashely and about Tim's weight.
I want to ask if you lived in an beautiful historic area and a bunch of pickup trucks pulled up and folks jumped out and started painting your side walks and streets with catchy phases like plow farm boy plow or Run John Deere Run then left. Then a short time later a peloton of slow moving tractors came through holding up traffic and disrupting your daily drive and leaving empty candy wrappers behind. How would you honestly feel about farmers, tractors and anything associated with them?
I'm very proud of our home and area we are blessed enough to live in and if someone came by and painted big yellows letters on the street in front of my home I'd be super upset. I'd be upset everytime I pulled in and out of my drive way.
Please remember that an poor encounter with a cyclist fades from memory but when you spray paint streets and roads it's a constant reminder until the paint fades months and years later of cycling and it's lack of concern for others property.
Rule of thumb one angery driver and car can do way more damage to 50 cyclist, Then 50 cyclist can do to one angry driver and car. We have a right to be on the roads but that in no way makes the playing field level.
Please help the Image and sport of cycling by taking a minute and thinking would I want someone to do this to me and in front of my home.
Edited by larry, 18 March 2012 - 04:18 PM.