Apparently I wasn't the only one (based on the email) to be puzzled by the editorial cartoon in today's Record crafted by Cam Cardow.
It could well be that Cardow is a cyclist, but I don't think so. What we see in his cartoon is a cyclist who has been knocked off his bike by a truck representing the economic recession, about to be hit again by another truck coming the other way, representing higher gas prices.
But, but, but... The cyclist has actually done better in the recession than the average motoring person because he/she has made smart transportation choices, like cycling and walking and even using mass transit. And higher gas prices will have less of a direct impact on the cyclist because he/she doesn't need the gasoline! A cyclist is a totally inappropriate representation of the victim of this one-two punch. (Although I will credit the artist with thinking of a cyclist as the "average" North American.)
I think a better image might have been a motorist who has staggered away from the biggest drain on her/his bank account (except for a mortgage) and is about to be a victim again.
The cyclist would be riding along the edge of the road and ready to use his cellphone to call for help and then spring into action to provide first aid as needed.
Hey, Cardow. Try again.