I must say that I am both stoked and morose that Breaking Bad is coming to an end. I can't wait to see how it ends, but on the other hand I don't want it to end. I have not watched a live finale of a show since Seinfeld, but I plan to watch live to see what Walter, or should I say Heisenberg, does with a giant machine gun and a vial of ricin.
What does the series have to do with this bike blog? Well, nothing except for a play on words to encourage bike commuters to use their brakes. Most commuters seem to think that braking is a terrible thing to do. How do I know? Well more than a few times a day oncoming riders veer into my lane when they should absolutely not do so. Oncoming riders on the narrow bike path can absolutely see me coming at them and yet they consistently steer into my lane as they go around runners, walkers, dogs, etc.
Message to bike commuters - YOU HAVE BRAKES AND YOU SHOULD USE THEM.
It is not logical or courteous to veer into oncoming traffic when you have the ability to gently press your fingers down to reduce your speed until it is safe to pass. Braking is NOT bad. Braking Good, not Braking Bad.
I would expect bike commuters to exercise common courtesy, however this does not apply to all those on the road. Whenever I see a Lycra Clad Warrior coming at me, I automatically assume that no rational action will be taken by him or her. The LCW would not slow down to help his or her grandma up from a fall. These individuals will let nothing hinder their cadence and I automatically assume defensive tactics.
Getting to your destination 30-60 seconds later is not going to cause the world to fall off its axis. Depress those brakes and stay on your bike a little longer. After all, spennding a little extra time on a bike is good, not bad.