Wednesday, April 02, 2008

See the light

Wednesday, 2 April

People, people, you just don't need to ride on the bike trail with all your headlights on when the sun is above the horizon and there's not a cloud in the sky. Think about it. That wasted light carries a price. Either you are sucking the life out of batteries that are imminently bound for a landfill where they will spew toxins into the soil and water table and eventually into the fish you eat. Or, thinking yourself to be quite "green," you are unnecessarily sapping the energy out of your rechargeable batteries so that you can rush home and plug them in for a refill, thereby enlarging your carbon footprint.

Most of the time you don't need a headlight on the trail for at least 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. In twilight conditions, you can see just fine--unless you shine a massively bright light source in one spot, and then your eyes cannot adjust to your surroundings outside the beam of light.

Be nice, be green, get a clue.


andrew said...

AARRRGGGHH! I HATE those guys. Then you have the ones with their HIDs set to strobe on the trail.

I wrote about it on BikeHugger a while back.

Anonymous said...

Ms Stoked, I have been reading your blog for some time now and have come to believe that the world would be a much better place with more people like you in it!