I loved this expression, purposefully cowardly, as a description of the care pedestrians and bicyclists must take when traveling the highways and byways.
Excerpt: “[Santen] You wrote recently that 2008 might be the year of the bicycle, and point to Portland as a place that has worked to make biking safer. I recently bought a bike and a trailer for small children — it’s still kind of scary.
[Peirce] I’ve ridden my bike for 40 years in Washington, and I’ve never had an accident. You have to be careful. Learning to be purposefully cowardly is a good thing.”