I ride in Europe, where bike lanes are generally pretty great. I prefer the road much of the time, though, because cars are looking out for other cars, while pedestrians are often completely bike-clueless and are far less predictable than cars.
I even got myself a door prize (someone opens a car door into your path) last fall; it was the biggest bruise I've ever seen on me! I wasn't wearing a helmet at the time; I was ridiculously lucky that I didn't careen headfirst into a tree or post or sign or person, and I can tell you now I've had my one warning. No matter the hairdo, I will never get on my bike again without that helmet.
That said, I bike to school and back every day. It takes me 15 minutes (less time than public transport!) and each way burns over 200 calories! It's like free calories every day!
- 4/15/2008 1:36:22 PM