Life Without Wheels: Chronicle of a Car-Free Lifestyle
'Okay, first the legal: I am not responsible for anything you do on the streets or anything that happens to you. 


On the way home from the grocery store on Tuesday, with a bike weighed down with 30lbs of groceries, I kept it to an easy 12-15mph. I noticed that at this speed, drivers were safer when passing me, and I didn't have as many conflicts with them (ie, right hooks). 

My experiment: I would like a few people to join me in an experiment. We will alternate days when we actively stay at a slower pace of 12-15mph and when we ride at the speed we desire. For me, that's normally between 17-20mph. It might be slower for you. I want to do a quasi-experimental evaluation of how cycling speed might affect your ride and interaction with motorists. I invite you to make your own speculation on why certain speeds incur certain results. This is definitely a subjective test, but I want to see if anyone else experiences the things I do.

So how bout it? Any volunteers? Email me at for details on information. (And it's totally okay if you don't live in LA.) 


07/22/2010 20:12

It might be FASTER for ME.

08/07/2010 11:52

FWIW, I think slower = less conflict with motorists. Partly that's because I'm going so slowly a right hook doesn't matter -- I'm stopped and they're by me before I hit the car.

Come to think of it, most of my bike-vs-car collisions are when I'm travelling over 20 MPH, and the last time this happened the girl who hit me told me I need to slow down (I was going 28 MPH in a 25 zone, and she passed me right before hooking me).


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