Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The morning commute - bike 200/cars 0

I have been riding the bike to work a couple of times a week now, and today was far and away the most fun.

I noticed as soon as I got out of the neighborhood that traffic was heavy. That usually means that it will come to a standstill at some point. It promptly did so, and I had the best ride as I rattled down the shoulder of the road sometimes in the dirt and sometimes on a nice wide shoulder. There was only one instance where a car tried to even the score. I was in my rights riding on the shoulder of the road and a car crept over the line practically into the grass causing me to slow my progress. There are only a few reasons for this action.

1. This moron is woefully incompetent at controlling their car at less than a mile an hour. Which leads me to think that they should probably not have a license or shouldn't be out in public unsupervised.

2. This dumb hayseed was on a cell phone and was completely oblivious of the task at hand. Driving a 2000 pound car. This is an endangerment to all on the road, and if people can't discern the importance of operating a car vs taking a call, they shouldn't have a license either. There are safe times to talk on the phone, but if you can't make a good decision as to when that is, hang up or stop the car.

3. This is the worst type of driver. Someone who would wantonly endanger others on the road because someone else chose a method of transportation that was faster than they did that day.

You choose.

Sadly, I am leaning towards 3 in this particular case. Its sad that some people are so petty and potentially violent that they would use a 2000 lb vehicle as a weapon against some skinny guy on a bike trying to get to the office on time. The fun thing is that I got there on time. Do you think the driver did?

1 comment:

Rod/Dad/Papa said...

Yeah, it's number three, I think, even though I like to think the best about people.

Question: how do you handle the suit thing vs. the sweat thing? I'm going to guess that you shower and change at the office--but then, for you, that ride may be so easy that you don't break a sweat.