A bike is more efficient and less expensive than a car, and it’s usually faster than waiting for the subway, but riding a bike in NYC can be intimidating. Here are all the thoughts that go through your head the first time you try it:
1. Is this helmet enough protection?
2. I might have to go back and buy some elbow pads.
3. Shouldn’t there be a bell or a blinker on this thing?
4. This city could really use more bike lanes.
5. How do I signal “right” again?
6. Does anyone even care whether I signal?
7. Jeez, this light is taking forever.
8. Will I get a ticket for running a red light?
9. Why is there a garbage truck blocking the bike lane?
10. I need to signal but I’m afraid to take my hands off the handle bars…
11. How the hell am I supposed to get in the left lane?
12. Can that truck even see me?
13. I ALMOST DIED!!!
14. It’s okay I’m alive it’s okay I’m alive it’s okay.
15. Crap, missed my turn.
16. Will I get a ticket for going the wrong way down a one way street?
17. *Goes down one way street*
18. HOLY SHIT THERE’S A COP!
19. Never mind, he’s sleeping.
20. Once I buy this coffee maker, how am I going to put it on the bike?
21. I’ll just take the subway home.
Cover photo credit: Mark Lyon/Flickr