|wowee, maybe toronto is actually good for cycling.
||[Aug. 7th, 2009|09:36 pm]
compared at least to rochester, ny. |
last night i went for a ride - i brought the bike here on the sailboat that also brung me.
i rode into town proper from the marina, and it's a real nice ride. about8 or 10 miles, i am told. a gently rising hill. uphill all the way. there was this massive outdoor concert. there was a bar doing an outdoor bbq and they were selling cheeseburgers thicker than three of my fingers in a boyscout salute for 5 bucks with a bunch of potatoes and yea, verily, it was quite delicious. i was thinking, ' gosh, maybe i love america after all.'
and then i was riding home, enjoying a long, gentle downhill coast and someone leans out their SUV window and yells, "SIDEWALK, MORON."
now i wonder, is this one of the 50% of americans who are fascist assholes, or was this person genuinely trying to be helpful. i haven't actually seen /any/ cyclists on the roads here. they all ride on the sidewalk. problem is, i am now habituated to toronto traffic and i ride damn aggressively. definitely not to be around pedestrians. and the big spaces with no traffic here are refreshing. real refreshing. miles and miles with no traffic lights, and with no traffic. (not kilometres. they don't have any of those here). i actually saw white tailed deer riding up the street toward downtown.