OT - So, has anyone asked
tbray at textuality.com
Thu Oct 22 17:56:40 EDT 2009
On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 2:34 PM, Joseph McAllister <pentaxian at mac.com> wrote:
> On a bike, depending on
> the timing, you could get killed, either by hitting the door/glass, or if
> avoiding that, by the car about to take the door off and get it out of your
> way! :-)
> I'll stick to automobiles, thank you.
On the other hand, if you're fortunate to live in a dense-enough city,
the benefits to bicycling are pretty damn huge. To yourself, first;
cycling is outstandingly good for your cardiovascular system which,
practically speaking, means more fatty foods and booze with less
guilt. Gotta like that. Also a city in which there are more bikes
and less cars is just a nicer place to live.
I speak as one who was hit by car back in 2000, had a bloody
unpleasant hospital stay and major shoulder surgery. I have cranked
up my level of riding paranoia since then and have the good fortune to
live in a city with a pretty decent set of bike paths everywhere.
Life is full of cost/benefit trade-offs. I think letting yourself be
scared away from cycling is a lousy one. -T
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