Want to Survive the Big City on a Bicycle? Ride Aggressively.

Angry drivers hate aggressive bicyclists but biking with confidence may the best way to stay safe on city streets.

We all know the basic how-to's about riding a bike in the city: wear a helmet, use hand signals, be aware of your surroundings, etc. And while most advice-givers would advise that defensive cycling is the sanest way to navigate the civic gridiron, at least one writer suggests the opposite:

"Somewhat counter-intuitively, aggressive bike-riding will keep you way safer than its opposite."

Those are the words of Garrett Kamps, writing at Deadspin's Adequate Man subsection. Kamps rides his bike every day in San Francisco and, aside from being a very funny wordsmith, is absolutely 100% distrustful of people behind the wheel and simultaneously the bane of many drivers' existence. His article (linked above, watch out for adult language if that's not your groove) features several unorthodox strategies for surviving the big city commute. They include:

-Don't trust the bike lanes.

-Ride with confidence, not defensively. 

-Don't run red lights

-Ride an ugly bike that won't get stolen

The basic conclusion of Kamps' article is that riding with confidence and not worrying about what drivers think will keep you from getting killed. The devil's advocate position is that Kamps is of a subset of bike-riders that make roads more dangerous to everyone. I'll leave the reader to decide between the two.

Check out his piece (linked below) and let us know what you think.

Read more at Deadspin

Photo credit: Rikard Stadler / Shutterstock

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?

Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash
Mind & Brain

Each new year, people vow to put an end to self-destructive habits like smoking, overeating or overspending.

Keep reading Show less

A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

Strange Maps
  • For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
  • These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
  • Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Keep reading Show less

Douglas Rushkoff – It’s not the technology’s fault

It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.

Think Again Podcasts
  • It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
  • Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
Keep reading Show less