Autumn Is A Very Safe Time For Cycling

Urbanism

city cycling autumnIt’s late September and after a very long and hot summer, that chill you feel in the morning air can only be that sure sign that Autumn has finally arrived. For those of us who live in temperate climes, the arrival of cooler weather brings relief from not only stifling heat and humidity, but also from a variety of natural pests such as ants, mosquitoes, and casual cyclists.

Don’t get me wrong. We do encourage cycling in our busy metropolis and when more people opt to use bikes as modes of transportation, you should have (in theory) a healthier population with less people relying on cars for short to medium length trips.  In fact, what you end up with are a lot of casual cyclists who appear to have little to no experience with common traffic signalization.

Stop signs? Non-existant
Red lights? May as well be a stop sign.
Basic courtesy? Not part of the vocabulary (!)

This past summer was an especially long one (thanks global warming!) and the traffic on some of our local bike paths and streets would swell to almost Asian proportions between May and the dying days of summer. Come mid September though, that tell-tale chill in the air starts to cull the insect populations and with them go all but your most dedicated (and polite!) cyclists. It’s a nice time.

One caveat about Autumn muscling Summer out of the picture is that with the change comes shorter days, and that means that you might find yourself cycling in the dark more often. Just make sure to wear some reflective gear and make sure bike has the proper reflectors and lights. Cycling at dusk and at night can certainly be dangerous but in fact, it’s much safer without all of those dangerously casual cyclists. That’s right: less terrible cyclists on the road means less chances of getting flattened by a cyclist running a red light.

Now if only we could do something about the terrible drivers…

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