Since moving to Boston I’ve been regularly checking out Bikey Face at a friends suggestion. I’d seen it before moving here, and I think any cyclist can relate to her illustrations, but I do find it has new meaning for me when her illustrations are telling the story of biking in the same city I ride in. Recently she posted an illustration series called Traffic Talk: ’the only worse thing than spending hours of your life stuck in car traffic, is spending even more hours of your life talking about it.’
Admittedly, I am pretty insulated from this kind of talk most of the time; I work at a bike non-profit, tend to hang out with bike folks, and spend most of my recreational time playing bike polo. I’m lucky to not have to bang my head against a wall listening to this kind of stuff everyday at the office. (At our office, talk goes on forever about plowing/salting on the SW Corridor, who had a driver yell at them that morning/endanger their life, and whether or not you need studded tires for the weather the next day. Fun stuff.) But because I am pretty insulated from this kind of talk, when I do hear people going on and on and on and on about driving and traffic it strikes me as particularly insane. That’s why I LOVE the last illustration of the series.