Orange County Register columnist Gordon Dillow tells cyclists to get off the road for our own good. "Regardless of who is at fault in a car vs. bike collision, it's the bicyclist who's going to suffer, physically at least. No 25-pound bike is ever going to win in a collision with a 4,000-pound car – and yet we persist in trying to mix heavy, high-speed motor vehicles with light, low-speed bikes on high-volume, relatively high-speed roads."
Speaking of non-cyclists giving cycling advice, fashion experts invited to the "Gladiator Cycle Chic Event" in Manhattan created bike-to-work outfits that were practical and professional. They had some cool ideas -- one outfit featured a clear tote bag for the sneaker-wearing cyclist to put her high heels in, for example. See photos and more info here.
Here's something that's been on my to-do list for years: The Activist's Toolkit. Thank you to the Michigan Land Use Institute for saving me the effort and for doing a wonderful job! If you're interesting in cycling advocacy, read this toolkit.
A few things to think about:
"For every dollar a family thinks it saves in monthly housing costs by moving to the far outer suburbs, it spends nearly a dollar more in transportation costs." Mode Shift.
"Researchers found that men who lived in more walkable neighborhoods tended to show fewer depression symptoms than men from less walker-friendly areas." MSNBC.
There's lazy, and then there's Las Vegas lazy. "It was all the walking," 27-year-old Simon Lezama said on his rented electric wheelchair. Lezama, a trim and fit-looking restaurant manager from Odessa, Texas, rented it on day three of his five-day vacation, "and now I can drink and drive, be responsible and save my feet." Found via Two Thirds.
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My response to the "it's laws of physics; get off the road" argument is (like yours, assuming that's you) a: do you travel on interstates? When tractor trailers cream sedans, do people say "the sedan should get off the road?" and b: if somebody says "you should get out of my way. It's just a fact: I can kill you if I want to." I might get out of the way... but if I'm somewhere with a functioning legal system, I'm going to file charges, and when that somebody is out of *my* way, I'm going back. Does he have kids? If a kiddo in that kid's class takes his lunch money because he's big enough to... I suppose his kids are going to be those big kids, and he thinks that's fine. It's just logic.