There is no escaping it. It is relentless, colorless, odorless, tasteless, and it is 100% non-discriminatory. Had enough yet? Well, gravity is not through with any of us by a long shot.
It is for this reason the surface upon which we ride is so vital to our whole riding experience. See, as long as we have gravity, we must ride upon something. And, that something more often than not are public roads. Thus, the conditions of these roads are vitally important from the tops of our helmets to the bottoms of our contact patches.
So, where am I going with this? Well, there is a very cool blog called “One Woman. Many Bicycles” (O.W.M.B.) written by a fearless young lady out of the Bay Area of Northern California. She runs a very informative series of stories, including some titled “Bike Lane Fail,” highlighting correctable errors the responsible government agencies need to address in the name of safety and common sense.
While it is laughable at best to tie the three words government and common sense together, I was inspired by her work to have a good look at my own local roads, routes and paths, highlighting similar irregularities as our neighbor to the North has done.
Call it a Public Service. I call it, our duty as citizens, whether cyclists or not. Stay tuned.