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  • Kathryn
    Dec 2, 2007
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      David, thank you for your response -- and your encouragement to bring up a
      question. Here's something that's been on my mind:

      As I get into the idea of biking at night (around 11pm on some nights, when
      I work late), my friends and family have suddenly gotten protective of me.
      While I am in an urban environment, I don't live and work in particularly
      dangerous neighborhoods -- and my argument is that, on a bike, I can move
      fast (am always moving) and am therefore not much of a target, as long as I
      ride safely with reflective clothes and a bike light. This doesn't seem to
      be much comfort to them. However, I'm committed to trying out a car-free
      life for a 6-month trial, starting this week. Is there anything I can do or
      say to ease the minds of those around me? Am I being naive to think that, as
      a young-(ish) woman, I can be out at night without inviting danger?

      I'm planning to make my first night trip Monday night -- and am curious
      about any tips you might have!

      Thanks in advance--

      On Dec 2, 2007 2:29 AM, David Hansen <davidh@...> wrote:

      > On 30 Nov 2007 at 21:43, Kathryn wrote:
      > > One thing that
      > > has challenged me is having to work at night several times a week. In my
      > > city (and at my workplace), public transit is not quite so reliable or
      > > predictable at night. A wait at a bus stop can be 45 minutes -- which
      > > doesn't feel so good on isolated streets late at night. I'm working on
      > > getting comfortable with night biking, so I have more predictable
      > car-free
      > > transportation at night.
      > Cycling at night can be very relaxing when you get used to it. There is
      > often peace and quiet, plus in some areas all sorts of wildlife to
      > admire.
      > > However, I am quick to tell friends and
      > > family that getting around without a car is much easier and more
      > convenient
      > > than we often assume.
      > One of the best ways of encouraging others is just to do it and let
      > them make the connections. It isn't a fast way of convincing people,
      > but it is a deep way.
      > > I'm excited to be part of this group -- and to learn what others are
      > doing
      > > to live car-free.
      > The list has been a trifle quiet recently. Please ask some questions to
      > stimulate discussions.
      > Welcome to the group, I'm glad you found it.
      > --
      > David Hansen, Edinburgh
      > I will *always* explain revoked encryption keys, unless RIP prevents
      > me
      > http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/00023--e.htm#54

      Kathryn Pope
      Bridge Program Director/ Writing Instructor
      Phone: (310) 947-3796

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