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The Compassion Curve

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The Compassion Curve

Old 01-08-15, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by pallen View Post
I have a much better time in the city/dense urban areas. Its the suburbanites and rural rednecks you have to watch out for.
I'm from Euless. When I retired from the military in 2010 I moved back there. I lived next to DFW airport off 360 north. A 30 mile ride there is a good ride and takes awhile with 500 redlights. I moved here in April to be near my daughter. 30 miles is a warm up and I can go a couple of hours without even unclipping if I want. I've racked up so many miles here it's crazy. Hardly any cars, it's all country. Never had an issue with "rednecks" anywhere. I miss home but city living blows.
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I think you need to consider time of day too. Cyclist riding on a city street at 7:30 AM on a weekday is going to experience way more harassment than a cyclist out for a Saturday ride. Not only are there more cars out at 7:30 on a weekday, but their drivers are usually stressed by traffic and in a hurry to get to work.
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My experience is that I feel pretty safe in the city, where it's densest and drivers are used to seeing bikes. I feel pretty safe in the country, where it's least dense and drivers are used to watching out for animals and slow traffic like farm equipment (and bikes). But suburbia, even with all of its relatively smooth pavement and bike lanes, is the worst. It's the drivers.
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I agree with datlas' one percent analysis.
I'm used to a lot of urban riding, so threading the needle doesn't bother me. It's that 1% that honk, buzz you and throw **** out the window that bothers me.

Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Of course the distribution is most likely very close to a normal Gaussian bell curve everywhere, just a with a different mean value in different places.
I would wager that a true objective measurement would not remotely resemble a symmetrical bell curve. But there is no objective measurement to determine how nice all of the people who safely pass you should be ranked. You only identify road angels in your times of need, which is maybe 1% of the time. You have the opportunity to encounter asses 100% of your ride.

I honestly wish people would be less nice. They can stop waving me through all way stops effective immediately. They can stop getting fully into the on coming traffic lane to pass me. When I have a flat, they can stop stopping to see if I am okay. Seriously, the curve is far too skewed to overly nice drivers.
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