Antonio R. Marxuach: Doing my part |

Antonio R. Marxuach: Doing my part

Last night after work I pedaled my cruiser over to the new theaters to catch the 5:45 showing of “Inconvenient Truth.” Despite a raging headache and a frustrating workday I knew it would probably be my last opportunity to catch it before it left our local theater. My interest was not conversion as my devotion to the cause is already thorough. Simply stated, I hoped merely to further inform my understanding of what I believe to be humanity’s highest calling.

After riding the core trail to Mount Werner Rd. I hung a left and climbed my 35-lb. cruiser up toward the movie theaters. Disregarding the fact that I was riding far to the right side of an amply wide road I was verbally lambasted by a hostile SUV driver who wanted me to “get off the (blank) road!” Against my better judgment and probably because of my gnarly mindset, I turned around to give him a piece of my mind — disjointed as it was. Not wanting to be small about it, I instead chastised him for his “nice attitude” and reminded him that while I’m on my bike, I’m one less car on the road and the air that all of us breathe is a little cleaner so, “you’re welcome!”

Admittedly my sanctimonious mindset was also at least partially tinged by the experience of having recently attended the memorial service of my friend Linnea Luscher killed by an irresponsible truck driver while riding her bike with her mother in Boulder. Mother to two small children as well as a former world-class speed skater and cyclist, this truly world-class human being is now dead, her mother fraught with the image of witnessing her daughter being crushed to death, her children motherless and husband a young widower because of some aggressive, reckless driver. Believe me, it can draw your ire.

It is only fair to note that Routt County is one of the bike-friendliest communities I’ve personally ever encountered, although its infrastructure for cycle-commuting could stand vast improvement. I commute by bicycle despite not always feeling like my personal safety is assured but because I feel passionate about making sacrifices where I can to help assure humanity has a future. However, when encountering such small-mindedness it’s very tempting to wish you had a choice in determining who gets a spot on the ark.

Let’s all of us remember to always treat one another with kindness, patience and dignity despite our differences be they ethnic, non-motorized or otherwise and we’ll all be better for it.

Antonio R. Marxuach
Steamboat Springs

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