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Published: 2008-05-01 08:48:00
Updated: 2008-05-01 11:02:15
Posted May 1, 2008
By Chris Thompson
Now that we are past the worst of the pine pollen season, it is nice to enjoy the outside world without getting a coat of yellow on everything. Spring is so beautiful around here. I love the chilly mornings, especially the past few days where we saw temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. We all know those days are fading fast. Even when the daytime highs get into the 80s, with the low dew points, it is actually pleasant to be outside. By the end of May, the morning lows average around 60, a good indication that those nasty dew points are on the rise. Well, we better enjoy it while we can, it won’t be long until we are looking for different ways to say “hazy, hot & humid” in our forecasts.
Of course, our wonderful weather brings an increase of outdoor activity, and May is National Bicycle Safety Month. I am an avid recreational cyclist, and have been for quite a while. Maybe I have just been lucky, but my bad experiences on the road have been few and far between. I feel mutual respect is the key here, cyclist need to do what they can to be visible and lawful, and vehicle drivers need to PAY ATTENTION to the road and yield to bicyclists when appropriate. Most of my close calls were with drivers on the phone or whose attention was pulled away from the road. We are all in this together, so let’s do what we can to watch out for each other.