Some Mental Health Cartoons

Last week, I went to see my Cycologist.

I told him I was depressed about all the climate change induced flooding in Australia. He suggested that humans would develop new ways to adapt.

I told him that I was also depressed by the lack of color on winter streets and the fact that everyone in the Twin Cities paints their house beige.

He told me that I was having a midlife crisis and needed to get an appropriate bicycle.

I told him that I was afraid to bike on all the big 4-lane boulevards– a mixture of streets and roads that Charles Marohn refers to as “stroads”.

I told him I was also afraid of being hit by one of these huge blunt-front vehicles that everyone drives these days. I have a feeling they may be partly responsible for the big increase in pedestrians and cyclists being killed by cars.

If I was afraid of crashes, he told me I needed to get a puffy bike to ensure I had a soft landing or bounced off of whatever hit me.

He also suggested that I bike at night when there are far fewer cars on the road.

After talking to my cycologist, I felt better but not completely satisfied. Maybe next time I’ll go see one of those drive-thru psychics on University Avenue.

All graphics are by the author.

Andy Singer

About Andy Singer

Andy Singer served as volunteer co-chair of the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition off and on for 13 years. He works as a professional cartoonist and illustrator and has authored four books including his last, "Why We Drive," which examines environmental, land use and political issues in transportation. You can see more of his cartoons at