Bike to Work Week

Bike to Work Week, originally uploaded by Rob Baxter.

Metblogs acknowledges those brave souls who have got on their bikes for their first commute ride this week. Vancouver does make some efforts to try and give cyclists are reasonable route choice, but in my recent experience there are still way too many drivers who regard cyclists as legitimate targets. While the rest just don’t see cyclists, though this outfit should draw some attention.

Which, by the way, is why you need a helmet. Falling from a bike is unlikely to result in a head injury for a commuter. Being hit by a motor vehicle is.

2 Comments so far

  1. Barbara Doduk (beelove) on May 28th, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

    Biking to work for me just isn’t practical. I admire those that can do it though.

  2. Ryan Cousineau (van_ryan) on May 29th, 2008 @ 6:07 am

    In a fit of unintentional hilarity, I am on vacation this week. That said, I can attest to the fact that the 10th Ave. bike route (Off-Broadway? I can never remember) verged on bicyclic congestion on Tuesday afternoon. It was charmingly well-used.

    As a studious user of helmets, I still ought to point out that they hardly ever help much, and entire jurisdictions have combined large cycling populations with no helmet laws (and minimal usage) without brain-damaging their populations en masse.

    The most consistent function of helmet laws is to reduce the size of the cycling population to such an extent that they could fairly (given the health benefits of cycling) be said to be a net negative in terms of health care costs.

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