Empty Days

Sunday, August 15, 2004



I am checking maps and forums to see how local cyclists deal with going between cities etc.

One thing that is clear is that there is a tremendous loss of time when travelling in an urban area - due to various obstacles and congested traffic, plus the ever-present possibility of getting lost. This is why it is such a pain to get out of the city and especially suburbs - once you're out, riding becomes much more linear and you put in more mileage. As some level-head guy on a forum put it: mileage feels different depending where those kms are.

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What's more I just learned that the suburban train I was hoping to catch in order to avoid the tedious metropolitan outskirts doesn't accept bikes :-0 It's absurd, given that very few people use it outside of rush hours - whenever I see it passing it's nearly empty... The official reason given is that the goddam train doesn't have "safety installations" to transport bikes. Neither does the subway - so what?

I guess common sense takes a leave-of-absence when everybody is constantly threatening to sue whoever in the law court if they fall on their head and their bike falls over them - this is north america, everybody sues everybody else almost constantly. As a result, everybody is obsessed with "safety". One consequence of which is that there are so many "safety rules" you can barely move.





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