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The Sciences

Bike to Work Day

Cosmic VarianceBy cjohnsonMay 17, 2006 1:38 AM

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You'll read on a blog or hear on the news that it is Bike to Work Day in California on Thursday May 18th. On your way to buy that pint of milk, you'll smile indulgently at the well-meaning cyclists out there during the whole of California's Bike to Work Week, trying not to curse them (as perhaps you usually do at other times of the year) for getting in your way as you pilot your nice comfortable car past them, probably over-revving the engine and driving way too close to them as you do so. You click on one of the websites of a participating local transport organisation and cleverly remark to yourself how amusing it is that the prize you could win for bringing your bike onto their subway, train, or bus system that special day is.... a bike. So if you don't have a bike, you can't participate, and so can't win a bike....which would allow you to participate. Well, maybe you could borrow one and give it a try.....? Anyway..... You'll agree that it is in principle a good thing that those cyclists do (and you noted before that you've seen many more of them in the last few weeks due to the rising gas prices), and that it is a pity that your own special situation makes it impossible for you to join them, or perhaps use the bus or train, or some combination of them. Or does it? You make a mental note to try it next year. Or perhaps the year after..... Happy Bike to Work Day! -cvj Again, apologies to Girls Are Pretty.

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