Community service announcement: "Did you know that road rage is the leading cause of death among enormous douche bags?" [via GOOD Video]
Recommended read of the week
In his marvellously plain-speaking style, John Silvester on the crimes that are committed on the roads:
Like homicide squad detectives, they deal with unlawful deaths - although their targets often don't see themselves as criminals. So far this year they have 25 investigations under way, slightly more than the number on the homicide squad books.
The cases they deconstruct are rarely split-second mistakes but the results of behaviour honed over months or years. The drunks, chronic speeders and unlicensed drivers behind the wheels usually say the deaths and injuries they cause are just horrible accidents. ''They live in denial,'' says [Senior Sargeant] Smith.
Seriously, stop right now and read it.
Bucket list rides
I've just added Szosa Transfogarska in Romania to my bucket list.
Some of these 9 magical bike rides to take before you die might also get on the list as well.
Earlier this month, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine published a fascinating study that suggests long, passive commutes, such as those by car or airplane, represent not just wasted time but also a potentially deadly form of sedentary behaviour.
And while we're on the topic, the mandatory infographic: Killer Commute
Valet parking for the hoon
Let's compare the numbers…
Oh really? Mrs Pot, may I introduce Mr Kettle?
Psychology of the road
The conversation about "sharing the road" revolves around classes of "drivers" and "bikers" and "pedestrians," as if we are members of competing tribes…But in reality, a cyclist throws her Schwinn in the back seat and becomes a driver; a driver opens her door and becomes a pedestrian. So why does she sometimes open that door straight into the path of an oncoming cyclist?
Must get me a bike lock like this one!
School for stupidity
"It is the parent's responsibility to provide in writing those who may transport their student from school," the policy adds. "Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, Rollerblades, skates, etc., should not be used as a means of transportation to and from school."
I don't know about you but I think it's a sorry state of affairs when riding bikes to school is seen as a dangerous prank in need of a police escort.
The one we've all waited for
Veloway? Oh, no way.
Taking the lane…and sitting down in it
Eager for public space, communities re-create their streets as temporary cafes, playgrounds, and bike lanes.
A bike tour is whatever you make of it. Take Justin and Jack's Bicycle Tour to Chicken Paradise. What a great idea.