Monday, December 8, 2014

Take Care, Be Aware: Proper Lookout


UFO area?

I think the first time I remember encountering the idea of maintaining a proper lookout was reading Bob Mionske's Bicycling and the Law: Your Rights as a Cyclist, which I recommend. Since much of bicycle space is shared space wherein other activities, sometimes of a sporting or energetic nature, are occurring simultaneously with the cycling, maintaining a proper lookout, exercising due care, seems like a good idea all the time.

When it really floods here, the water runs so loud you can't hear the "on your left!" call

Riding on two wheels is pulling a fast one over gravity. You can't overcome gravity or ignore it, but you can defy it for a while, balancing at speed, swooping through corners while keeping your eyes darting in as many directions as possible to be careful about where you're going, what's up ahead, and who may not be paying as much attention as you.

I've never had an issue with the many disc golfers who populate the better paths in Scottsdale. They always seem courteous and careful about their equipment. It appears that, sensibly, only a handful of disc fairways cross the path. Also, I've never been tempted, nor have I ever seen another cyclist attempt, to cross the Indian Bend Wash in flood time. 

But these reminders are here perhaps more to remind us in general. In addition to decreasing liability, I'm sure. Be aware. Always be looking. Attention attention. It's not a bad motto, but I have taken it and adapted it to my own uses. Which involve also paying attention to that which does not threaten. To the quiet, tree-lined path up ahead. To the rustle of a rabbit or quail in the underbrush. The flap of wing. The smile and wave of another. To the possibilities of a new week.

Attention! Attention! Solitude and peace ahead! Be aware!
 

7 comments:

  1. You mean, the floodwaters don't let you know they're passing with an "On your left!"? How rude!

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    1. I speak River. That's exactly what the floodwaters are saying.

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  2. Perhaps the "Phoenix Lights" were prompted by scofflaw disc golfers!

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  3. "Take Care, Be Aware: Proper Lookout" - a good attitude to adopt when driving too!

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    1. It's the law! Maintain those space bubbles, people.

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  4. The caption of your last photo makes me want to begin a vigilante sign campaign alerting to the mundane all around us.

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