Musings on Bicycling and Buddhism

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


This is a short one; please use a crosswalk. Please do not walk out from in between cars and expect me to see you. Please do not just step into the street without looking, assuming that everyone will stop and the world will pause because you stepped there.  Please don't stop in the middle of the street to text someone, especially when you're jaywalking.

A lot of people have a lot of things to say about bicycles and the people who ride them.  We may each be many things, but as pedestrians you might want to consider (and this is something that I consider every day, as I am a pedestrian every day - not just a cyclist), that some bicycles and cyclists may make you want to scream, but in general we are slower and less deadly than cars.  If a car, or a bus hits you, it's over.  A crosswalk isn't just for convenience, it's a place for these big ol' steel (or aluminum) beasties to expect you.  Please honor your life, and the lives of those around you, be they on two wheels or four (or more, or less for that matter); please commit to that act that so many of us heard on Sesame Street as kids,

Look both ways before you cross the street, cross at a crosswalk.

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