Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sweet and Savory

Good morning!  This is just a quick note to let you know that my latest column for Outside is up, and you'll be either pleased, incensed, or indifferent to find that I've set aside more important themes in favor of some whimsy:



I didn't mention that you should always wear a helmet when dating a non-cyclist, but I assumed that was obvious.

And don't worry, if it's too saccharine for you, you can always head on over to the Bike Forecast where today's post will crush your spirit into a thousand tiny bits and ruin your day.

You're welcome!


Until later,

I remain,

Yours and so forth,


--Wildcat Etc.


20 comments:

Unknown said...

Podio!

wishiwasmerckx said...

Podium?

Billy said...

I went the other way around. Got my spirit crushed (doubly so, wife and I are expecting our first child in a month or so) and am taking a coffee break so I can read the dating article.

I wonder if Transalt or the city or anyone has research on correlations between traffic violations and killing. Intuitively, a history as a repeat offender of things like red lights and school zones would seem to mark out dangerous drivers, about whom we could preemptively do something, such as suspend or revoke driving privileges.

Schisthead said...

We must redouble our quadrupling of efforts, now more than ever before.
To not do so would be un-something.

Pist Off said...

That’s the beauty of Vision Zero: even quadrupling it results in zero. Jesus, the driver admitted her criminal guilt and has a long history of serious traffic violations, but still no charges. Driving a car is a deadly responsibility, yet no one seems to equate bad drivers with bad gun owners, even when tiny children are run over. I guess it could be worse, if it was a bus driver maybe their union would sue the victim’s families for lost wages and hurt feelings during the investigation.

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

Present!


vsk

JLRB said...

That is fucked up, but sadly, situation normal

While driving away from work yesterday I saw fire trucks, ambulances ahead. As I went passed I could see the tacoed wheel of a bicycle and police talking to a car driver. Nothing in the news so I am hoping it was a no injury or minor injury crash. Raised my alert level a hair on the ride in today ...

dancesonpedals said...

You had me at LARPing

Olle Nilsson said...

Something for everyone.

HDEB said...

Motorized sofas on wheels bring out the worst in people! Today I watched a driver travel several blocks the wrong way on a one way street past the playground my daughter and I were in. When I found the driver circling for free street parking he said "sorry, I didn't realize it at first, I went slow". I dream of $5+/gal gasoline even though it would cause me financial strain. Keep riding and walking : )

Olle Nilsson said...

And if your partner is a LARPer, it's doomed. If they want to ride their bike to the park for the medieval games, you might have to dress like a jester, but they'll never dress like a lycra clad clown.

leroy said...

In times like these, I remind myself of the instances when a seemingly intractable status quo changed unexpectedly and shockingly fast.

That's not much. But it's hope. And that's something.

1904 Cadardi said...

Let's give the driver the benefit of the doubt for a moment and agree that:
A) she does in fact have a "real and true" medical condition
B) she accidentally depressed the accelerator instead of the brake

Given A - Her medical condition should preclude her ever driving again. Knowing that she has a "real and true" medical condition, her continuing to operate a motor vehicle constitutes wanton disregard for health and safety of others and intent to harm.

Given B - She has shown an inability to safely operate a motor vehicle which should preclude her ever driving again. Based on her driving record it can be concluded that she already knew her driving ability was suspect and her continuing to operate a motor vehicle constitutes wanton disregard for health and safety of others and intent to harm.

Either way, she is guilty.

Also, while I haven't cleaned bikes in the living room, I have taken mine on vacation (so have you Snob, so have you), but always try to schedule a ride when my significant other wants to do something that she knows I won't enjoy and doesn't want to to come along. She usually says something like "I'm going shopping, go ride your bike so you don't rush me." or "I need to interview new a new pool boy." Why she's interviewing a pool boy on vacation I don't know.

bad boy of the south said...

my heart goes out to the families of the little ones killed,and those that are hurt.
it is truly unfortunate that "the book",the one that the law used to throw with, doesn't seem to be in use anymore.perhaps it is being thrown,but only sparingly.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Still in my starter marriage to a non-cyclist for over 35 years now. Have taken a bike on vacation occasionally over the years, but never stored or cleaned a bike in the living quarters. The search and replace "ride" with "drinking binge" is a good rule of thumb, I will start using it!

BeerDrivenCyclist said...

Suxteenth?

Gasser said...


First of all, this is a tragic loss, and I'm saddened by this and wish the family and driver had a time machine.

But I misunderstand what is meant here:
"And claims that she was innocently trying to get a jump on the light like a drag racer when--oopsie!--she hit the gas by mistake and tore two families apart:"

Drag racers who get a jump on the light are disqualified.
If they get a jump on their competitor, THEN they may get rewarded.

Sports metaphors are dangerous.
So are cars driven by people with control issues effecting their legs.

More VR driver testing, please.

Spokey said...

what's going on?

a day late but still in the top 1 score?

never cleaned my bike in the living room. i did some cleaning of the newish (now 2 years old) bilenky. but that was only the downtube and i only did it so the electrical tape i was using to paste the new computer wire on would stick properly. oh, i did change the chain as that's easier than cleaning the old one.

Spokey said...

i can attest to the futility of getting spousy to ride. i still have a trek, maybe 2x8, what i think was called a 'hybrid' bike back then hanging from the rafters of the garage. i'm guessing i bought this around '94 or so and it has maybe 10 miles on it.

Lindsay said...

So glad I married a cyclist. I can't imagine. Our cargo bike habit alone would be enough to financially ruin most people, let alone a couple not in it together.