Common Sense Intelligence says: "Don't ride a bicycle in winter."
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QatzelOk wrote:Voluntary simplicity says: "take the empty sidewalks, they're safer than the roads after a snowstorm."
Both of you are arguing that a slippery sidewalk is just as dangerous as a slippery road.
QatzelOk wrote:Both of you are arguing that a slippery sidewalk is just as dangerous as a slippery road.
This is the "helmet" mentality that thinks that cyclists just need padding and discipline to co-exist with mass quantities of cars and trucks.
The sidewalk has no cars: this is a thousand times safer than the road.
The most dangerous parts of sidewalks are where garage exits have been implanted into mid-block buildings - usually highrises.
But after a snowstorm, the sidewalk is a thousand times safer than the road. You can cycle stoned on the sidewalk, and not risk anything more dangerous than a sliding fall on crushed snow.
Trying to put an ideological spin on environmental adaptation - as you both Godstud and Pants are doing - is part of our Modern sickness. You have to adapt to each challenging environmental condition as it comes. Sticking to ideological "rules" won't work. You need to pay attention to the actual situation, and consider all of your options. Not just the ones that are written in the sacred books (the rules of the road).
Pants wrote:the sidewalk is for children and pedestrians
QatzelOk wrote:This statement, like "bikes are vehicles like cars," and "helmets save lives" are examples of ideology, and not of common sense.
Trolobite wrote:you do get used to it and come to expect it.
QatzelOk wrote:Ideology has caused your opinion on this matter. It's not a rational stance for a mammal to take.An opinion based on nothing more than your motor vehicle antipathy and your own ideological misconceptions. I truly have doubts that you know what rational is.
Referring to my opinions on bike safety, Godstud wrote:ideological misconceptions
QatzelOk wrote:Is that how YOU got your own opinions on the matter,I happen to be a Occupational Health & Safety professional whose job is safety. That's how I got my opinion. I am actually qualified to speak on the topic of safety. It's my career. I give seminars on the topic. As a result of this, I am always very aware of safety concerns. My opinions are based in knowledge.
This demonstrates that the sidewalk is the correct place to cycle if safety is a concern.
QatzelOk wrote:Until most of the cars are eliminated, pedestrians and cyclists have got to get used to sharing too-narrow sidewalks together.
QatzelOk wrote:I actually use my bike every day all year round as basic transportation.
Is that how YOU got your own opinions on the matter, or did you read texts about bike safety that made you want to stand up and cheer? (ideological misconceptions)
Every year I modify the design to make it safer.
And I use a helmet.
QatzelOk wrote:You're really obsessed with how dangerous cycling is.
Plus, you're much less likely to be killed by cars.
Please do not quote my posts unless you are going to address my actual points.
Godstud wrote:FYI, the ties on the bike tires, while providing more traction during winter, are not going to protect your skull from impacts. Protect that brain of yours. Complacency is a main cause of accidents.
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