Anniversary #3 of The Beginning of The MinusCar Project is fast approaching. So much has changed even though so much is still the same.
I explained to The Dad that I get wrapped up in some big ideas and then have a tough time blogging. I'm going to try to stick to the small stuff to see if I can increase frequency.
How 'bout that John Forester article in the previous post? There were three negative comments. Forester does that to people. It's a lot easier to find fault that agreement. I've called people out on that before. Since it's my blog I'll do it again...but what do you LIKE about the article? You show me yours, I'll show you mine.
This morning my presence on the road seemed to cause a driver to forget about the school zone we were driving in. I slowed and stopped to let some kids cross the crosswalk (as any driver is legally required to do in any crosswalk for any pedestrian of any age, anywhere (but not for any bicycle being ridden in any crosswalk)). They began to accelerate to pass but soon enough they realized what was up. The next couple blocks were interesting as I led them through at the maximum school zone speed of 15mph. In the end, I felt a little pressure.
I found myself looking for the softest spot of a driver's side quarter panel on the way home yesterday. I managed to get just a little more from my brakes, and they saw me soon enough that disaster, had it occurred, would probably have been manageable. The driver gave me a big ol' smile.
Saturday I volunteered for the FAB Helmet Survey. I observed four bike trail riders on an unpopular stretch of the local bike trail at 7am. Two with helmets, two without. The survey Doctor and Sioux Falls' newest biking blogger gave his report here at his blog, The Chainring Chronicles.
Finally, The Family participated in the FAB Starlight Ride Friday night. A beautiful night for a ride it was the longest ride ever for The Wife who pulled The Boy 6 on his longest ride ever. I shared the tandem with The Boy 10 - a couple years ago he did 2 or 3 of these rides with me. The fact that they all went 20 miles greatly increases the possibility more MinusCar trips.