Since I’m bed-ridden for the time being, I thought I’d use this opportunity to catch up on some articles I’ve been meaning to share with you, dear readers. Â (If it’s not obvious already, I’m a really bad patient when I’m sick. Â I don’t whine or complain or annoy my caretakers; I just have a hard time sitting still and resting for an extended period of time. Â After a few hours I’m ready to get up and organize something, or do some laundry, or anything. Â I know … I need to work on this.) Â I’m going through these in roughly chronological order, so you might have seen some from this first batch, as they are the oldest. Â Whatever the case, here we go …
I had a rather unpleasant and unfortunately typical biking on Madison the other day. Â It was Monday afternoon, around 5:30, and I was heading home from buying the wrong lightbulbs at Home Depot. Â (No, I did not mean to buy the wrong ones.) Â I was heading east and had just crossed McLean. Â I’m sure you’ve noticed how tight Madison gets right there: parked cars to the right, narrow traffic lanes, little room to bail if something happens. Â In hindsight I should have more assertive as I entered that stretch and taken the lane, but for whatever reason, I didn’t.
The first few cars to pass me did so fully in the left lane. Â But then an elderly woman driving a Mazda decided to “share the lane” with me, without asking me first of course. Â I figure her right-hand-side mirror came within about 18 inches of my handlebars. Â It was at that point that I began to yell profanities and make certain hand gestures.
I’ve had a conversation or two about this. Â I don’t think I suffer from road rage, at least not when I’m driving my car, but when people come that close to me on my bike, it does touch a nerve. I have made a concerted effort to be less hostile to inconsiderate drivers of late, and more thankful of those that do obey the rules. Â So it was with great interest and a feeling of community that I read this article. Â I really like the author’s principles of peaceful biking. Â As soon as I get back to being a normal human being, I’m going to give them a try.
And speaking of being mindful and calm about the numerous offenses and infractions we cyclists must suffer at the hands of idiot drivers … oh wait, never mind.
But really, here’s a great video on greenway etiquette, courtesy the City of Memphis
Sometimes the planets align in interesting ways and I manage to find not one, not two, but three Star Wars-related custom bike (or bike accessory) articles in one week. Â “The Empire Strikes Bike” … how awesome is that? Â (h/t to Kyle)
It’s never really been a concern of mine, mostly because my hair is pretty short (and my standards of grooming are somewhat “relaxed”), but here’s an interesting take on the issue of helmets and hair.
And finally, bringing it back to being mindful and cycling, here’s a great article about yoga for cyclists, courtesy my pal Leah.
Look for another round of articles soon, my people.