In no particular order of importance:
- Beware Springfield! There are outlaw nuns on the loose! Had a car full of them run the 4-way stop at Cherry and Hammons right in front of me this morning. What traffic laws would Mother Teresa ignore?
- STAR Team member Rick Scarlet and I are working on holding a CyclingSavvy class (possibly a weekend in September) for lady bicyclists. I’m working on getting a female CSI to co-teach the class (two have agreed — one from St.L. and one from FL — so it’s now a matter of scheduling). If you’re a female bicyclist who would like to learn how to ride confidently in traffic, please contact me. Read this success story: I Am No Road Warrior. Very cool! [Note: Taking the weekend class would then allow an interested bicyclist to take the CyclingSavvy instructor training. We could use more bicycle educators in Springfield. Please think about it.]
- I have published my last honk report. These posts have served their 2-fold purpose: 1) To demonstrate how rare such occurrences are for me (attributed to my lane positioning and rule following), and 2) To come to some understanding about why people honk (most seem to be merely territorial hoots).
- There are a lot more people riding bicycles around downtown. We need to do updated traffic counts. The change seems to me to be significant since I moved here seven years ago. I arrived downtown this morning at 8:00 to find the bicycle corral nearly full.
- I do believe I have overcome my anger at stupid automobile drivers — you know, the rare few who do dumb stuff that puts you in danger (danger that proper bicycle driving largely mitigates). I’m looking at you, you car-full of stop-sign running nuns! Man, I prefer being mellow out there. Now I have to work on my consternation (not anger) with “challenged” bicyclists — you know, the road salmon, the unlighted night riders, the serial red-light runners, the serial red-light runners that pass me on the right when I’m stopped at a traffic light… it’s a long list.
- Been riding my Kona Bike a lot lately — mostly as my going-downtown bicycle. The darn thing is a fun ride I’m also happy that all my bicycles now have internal gear hubs. The Bike is described as “super Rasta.” I have no idea what that means, but it sounds cool 😉
- Hot. Geez. Hot outside. Good grief it’s hot…
- Seriously. Will someone please step up and start a Springfield Cycling Chic blog? I’ll help set it up. I’ll even host it. I’ll even help take pictures. Please!