I've been gone so long that a new sport has developed on University: construction mountain biking. I'd like to put it out there that this is a SERIOUSLY idiotic (and me thinks illegal) venture, but after seeing it in two locations on two different days, I can't help but wonder if it isn't already a thing.
The first guy I saw - an adult...a bike commuter no less - chose to enter his personal dirt track race as a detour to slowing down for traffic that was backed up at rush hour. When I saw him fly off of pavement and into the construction zone at full speed I almost jumped out of my bus seat. Obviously, he had done this before! Who rides into a construction zone at 30 miles per hour? Good grief!
And then on the way home today, more rascals - three teenage boys riding over hills of gravel at Midway. I have to admit, I did snicker when one sunk into a foot of loose dirt, and another got his bike caught in the construction tape. Hint hint, guys.
So here's my personal plea.
Dear University Avenue peeps,
I know we're a creative and hearty lot, and construction is beginning to seem, well, pedestrian (pun intended). But can we please express ourselves another way? Preferably one which allows us all to live long enough to actually ride this train. You know me...always drumming up ridership.
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