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04/02/2012

If you can read this I'm in trouble

DoorOf all the hazards that might befall the urban cyclist, among the most frightening is being "doored"--that is, having an oblivious motorist suddenly open a car door in your path. This frightening prospect is why many canny cycle-commuters keep a watchful eye on parked cars as well as the flow of traffic--or, better yet, keep a healthy, door's-breadth distance between them and parked cars, even if it requires "taking the lane," as indeed cyclists are legally entitled in many states.

My bike messenger friend Casey tells about speeding along a busy San Francisco street only to see the dreaded door open directly in front of him. A bus immediately to his left gave no chance of evasive action. How did he survive? To this day he doesn't know. "Somehow I just found myself on the other side." If you're not willing to trust to miracles, perhaps this is the shirt for you. Available from Threadless Tees.

--Paul Rauber

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