Just to share:
I was biking home through the darkened streets of south Prov. yesterday evening when I suddenly heard something that sounded like a police bullhorn behind me, saying something about "sidewalk." Not wanting to be a victim of police brutality, I turned to see an unmarked, completely civilian car, which evidently just happened to be equipped with a bullhorn. "THE SIDEWALK!" shrieked the bullhorn, "USE THE SIDEWALK!"
I wasn't alarmed, exactly. There are a lot of funny auto accessories in my neck of the woods. But...it does make me wonder how many non-bullhorned people think it but can't express it so well. I wish there was an ad campaign out there to inform people that bikes can indeed ride on the road. (I was, in fact, disappointed to discover recently that biking on the sidewalk in RI is actually _legal_. I felt so darned self-righteous about riding on the road before, sort of like: you bastards! do you want me to break the law?)
On a completely unrelated note, I'm with Geoff on the idea of a winter biking brown bag event. I usually trash my bikes in the winter. Any inspiration to do otherwise would be really helpful.
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