Monday 12 June 2017 08.00 BST
Most people who cycle in cities will know how divisive it can be. You get shouted at by drivers on the street, berated by them online, or looked down on by other cyclists for being in the wrong cycling “tribe”.
But most will also know that cycling can bring people together – and we don’t just mean naked bike rides. After years of dominance by cars, people of all walks of life are taking back their cities.
So as we kick off Guardian Cities cycle week we have a challenge for you: start a conversation with a fellow cyclist.
It can be about cycling – perhaps the obvious thing you have in common – or something more general: the weather, the sport, or a deep philosophical musing on the meaning of life.
Whatever you chat about, share it with us as we attempt to build a picture of cycling communities worldwide. And if you and your new friend are willing, we’d also love to see a selfie!
Please note: while we want to hear from you, your safety and that of other road users is paramount. So before striking up a conversation please ensure that you are not obstructing any cycle paths or main highways, and that you are not putting yourself any other road users in danger.
Tell us about your #cycleconvo
The Guardian is dedicating a week to exploring the future of cycling in cities around the world. Explore our coverage here and follow us on on Twitter and Facebook. Will you be taking our challenge to have conversation with a fellow city cyclist? Tell us about it here or on Twitter or Instagram using #cycleconvo