We've had this conversation before - regarding David Byrne. In order to clear things up for readers like this, let me explain the title of this blog. First, the title comes from Ray Bradbury's collection "Zen and the Art of Writing." And so, to begin with it isn't actually a statement of any suggestion or a representation of actually being drunk while riding a bicycle. That said - there is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking and riding a bicycle.
As the venerable proprietor of Copenhagen Cycle Chic says:
Drunk on a bicycle?... This features at number 9 on the list - 18 Ways to Know That You Have Bike Culture at Copenhagenize.com.
"9. The odd-person out in your circle of friends is the one who has never fallen off their bike while riding home drunk. You mock him/her regularly."
And Henry of Henry WorkCycles, writes:
Anybody with such a problem with drunk cycling should really avoid visiting any Dutch or Danish city in the evening. Amsterdam, for example, is just a buzzing, happy parade of intoxicated cyclists on a nice saturday night.
No doubt some serious accidents occasionally occur but I've only had and heard of the minor fender benders. We like to tease my wife about the time she bumped into a parked car in front of the police station... with half a dozen cops watching.
In any case better to have drunk cyclists than drunk drivers and there's no way a whole pack of drunk bike riders could ever be as dangerous as a single Amsterdam taxi driver!