My “10 Rules for Urban Commuting” guest post over at Commute by Bike got a lot of heat in the comments. Some thought it was spot on; others thought it was awful advice. But I was struck by one curious and oft-repeated theme: the idea that those who ride bikes should assiduously avoid breaking traffic rules, because doing so makes motorists think badly of us.
For those afflicted with this way of thinking, I offer Rule 11:
If your priority is being seen as a “cycling role model” by drivers, you should not ride in the city.