I’ve used the term “silly season” many times on Carbon Trace to indicate short periods of time in which the likelihood of motorists and other other traffic users to make mistakes seems highest to me. I have no data to back up that, in fact, any silly season is any more problematic than any other given period. I’m merely pointing out situations that seem to me, by some “logical” calculus, to present … let’s call them challenges.
The beginning of a new school year is a silly season. I make this claim because I find it highly likely that there will be many traffic users in the system new to Springfield. Some of those will be motorists who are under new forms of stress, e.g. college students hunting parking spaces. Others will be college students on bicycles riding about as if they were kids on a cul de sac. And still others will be walking about wherever their feet may take them looking at, paying attention to, goodness only knows what.
So… 63 degrees this morning. A clear, bright morning. A sleepy downtown. An easy destination. I often choose not to wear a helmet in such situations.
Helmet on today.