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Eben Weiss, aka Bike Snob NYC Chronicle Books
The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-wheeled Transcendence
By Eben Weiss, aka Bike Snob NYC
Chronicle Books, 2012, 240 pages
$16.95 USD, $19.95 CAD
Review by Mike Shellard
This is a book for commuters of all stripes: a book of etiquette doused liberally with the Bike Snob’s uniquely cutting and self-effacing humor. Eben Weiss, aka Bike Snob NYC, takes people to task for their foibles and includes himself in the mix. Like a cycling guru, the Snob dispenses wisdom and lessons in commuting etiquette to all who share the road. He implores drivers not to pass and then turn right in front of a bike that is continuing straight ahead, and shows them why it’s important not to fling their car doors open without looking, while asking cyclists to stop “salmoning” (riding in the wrong direction), “shoaling” (butting in line in front of waiting cyclists at red lights) and for goodness sake, stop trying to start a race! In the end, though, it’s all about mindfulness and respect. As the Snob’s personal experience with the terrorist attacks in New York showed him, we are capable of great humanity and compassion, we just need to exercise those muscles.