May 8, 2009

Shooting stars

Traffic takes some getting used to. If you're on a bicycle, you have to get used to it quick. You're always in the wrong place, invisible to everyone. On a motorbike you command the space of a car, but still slip in and out of visibility. Often this is your own doing so choose carefully. Slipping into a bike lane or shoulder, or making a quick right-side pass grants freedom but requires forethought. Stopped at a light you're in the middle of it all with lights and steel zooming around. It's spectacular in a spectator sort of way. Your own private show you can embrace or choose to slip away from. This is the biggest difference with a car: On the bike you're volunteering to participate in the rules. You can choose to recluse at your whim, but choose carefully.

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