Thursday, February 03, 2011
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Hello everyone, and welcome to the Cycle*Dallas blog! I've been asked to provide some commentary on the site every once in a while, and I hope that the posts I leave will provoke thoughtful discussion about cycling in and around Dallas.
I thought I'd start on this wintery early February day pondering the accomplishment of an intern at a local Dallas weekly. She was justly proud with herself yesterday, when she arrived at work, in the middle of a city-debilitating ice storm, via bicycle. She posted her accomplishment on the company's blog, which can be found here:
While I'm really impressed about her accomplishment and fortitude, I leave you with a couple of questions to ponder regarding her effort.
An image obtained from WFAA.COM showing road conditions on Tuesday. Wednesday conditions were similar, with schools, private businesses, and public facilities closed both days.
Photo courtesy WFAA.com, Feb 1, 2011.
- Given the extreme conditions, the lack of traffic, and the hour she traveled, what was more hazardous? Was it her ride on the ice or slushy mix?
- Was it more safe or less safe given the level of traffic?
- How would she go about teaching others to follow her lead?
- What would have happened had an 'event' of some sort occurred that led to an injury?
- Was her commute SMART, or foolish?
- How many other people decided to ride their bikes to work, to recreate, to travel anywhere, on this day?
- She made this trek, in extreme conditions (for Dallas), without the support of what many politicians, bureaucrats, and community organizers claim is necessary for cycling in the City of Dallas... "Infrastructure". Would her commute have been any easier, this day or any, with extra attention and funding given to said "Infrastructure"? I beg your opinions.
Remember, you don't need a bike lane to ride your bike.... You just need a bike.