Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Why do cyclists take up a whole lane?

When I'm a driver on the road, sometimes I get annoyed at cyclists who take up more than their proportionate space in a road lane. However, as a road cyclist myself, I know there are many very good reasons cyclists do this. Here are some of them:

- the edge of the lane was repaved, making it bumpy and very uncomfortable to ride on
- there is gravel or dirt near the curb, reducing traction
- the edge of the lane has potholes, sewer drains, road signs or other hazardous obstacles
- it recently rained, making the side of the road wet
- there are parked cars with passengers who may open the door and give the door prize
- the cyclist is allowing the car behind it to turn right
- there is a runner or a slower cyclist on the road
- the cyclist feels the lane is too narrow, so takes up the lane to prevent drivers from passing

Some behaviours of cyclists (running red lights and stop signs) are inexcusable, but riding in the middle of the lane does have its legitimate reasons.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Welcome to a Rob Ford city

Rob Ford suggests runners should compete in parks, rather than on roads, to avoid street closures.

He also says "roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes".

Well, I suggest the following, too:
- kids should play NHL 2011 on their PlayStation 3, not on the roadway.
- roads are not for parked cars. We should ban all street parking.
- sidewalks, like bike lanes, take up precious space on roadway easements. They should be demolished and replaced with extra car lanes.
- trucks are slow. We should ban trucks, because freight should be moved over rail lines instead.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Another reason to get your flu shot

Another reason to get your flu shot... a study published in CMAJ today finds an association between influenza vaccination and an almost 20% drop (OR 0.81, 95% CI 0.77-0.85) in rates of acute MI.

Source: CMAJ 2010. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.091891

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mandatory census needed

A study from the government has shown that a voluntary long-form census would skew results in a way that makes data less reliable. When will the government listen and revert its mistake to scrap the mandatory long-form census?