Tom Vanderbuilt, of Outside Online was stupefied to find that there are people that commute using their bikes -- despite the slow speed and length of time it takes them to travel -- and actually enjoy it. In order to explain why a cyclist can turn sane, law-abiding drivers into shrieking maniacs, Tom decides to ride along with Joe Simonetti, a psychotherapist supercommuter who, each week, survives the hostile, traffic-clogged rat race between the New York exurbs and Midtown Manhattan.
While virtually every cyclist in America is also a driver, relatively few drivers are also cyclists. "People either don't know how to handle you," says Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, "or they don't want to handle you." There's an empathy gap that, as you know if you've spent much time on cycling blogs, can cut both ways.