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Is cycling on the road even worth it?

Road cycling comes with inherent dangers. Any time you ride your bike around cars, you take on some risk. It doesn't matter if you have a $5,000 carbon-frame bike that just eats up the miles or a $100 bike from a garage sale. If you get into an accident with a car, you could get seriously injured.

In fact, this risk has some cyclists asking if it's even worth it. Why ride around cars at all? Do the benefits and advantages outweigh the risks?

Young people like small cars, but there's a hidden danger

Often, younger drivers enjoy having small vehicles. As they get older and have families, they may start turning to minivans and trucks and SUVs with third-row seating. But, when they're young, they often buy compact cars or at least smaller vehicles.

According to auto experts, some of the most popular cars with young drivers include:

  • The Ford Focus ST
  • The Volkswagen GTI
  • The Jeep Wrangler
  • The Subaru Crosstrek

Chicago car accidents: 5 things every driver should know

Cities are notorious for their bumper-to-bumper traffic and an abundance of pedestrians, cyclists, tourists, taxi cabs and much more. It's chaotic for visitors. Even those who live in a major city like Chicago, who get used to this traffic, still face a lot of risks.

To some degree, avoiding an accident starts with understanding the risks and taking steps to reduce them. Here are five things you need to know about driving in the city:

Establishing fault after a dooring accident

If you are a cyclist in Chicago, you will know that the city roads present significant dangers. In addition to wearing a helmet, it's vital to exercise caution and look out for oncoming hazards at all times. However, while cycling alongside parked cars, doors can open without warning and crashes can be unavoidable.

If you were injured after crashing into an opened door, it is likely that you will want to explore your compensation options. Todo this, you will need to show that the driver or the passenger was negligent in their actions, causing an unavoidable crash. The following are factors to take into consideration when trying to hold the other party responsible.

Should you wear headphones on your bike?

When you bought your new iPhone, you grabbed a pair of Bluetooth headphones to go along with it. The new phone didn't have the same 3.5mm headphone jack as your older phone, taken off in favor of the Lightning port. You didn't feel like using an adaptor, but it was more than that. The wireless headphones were even more convenient for one activity that you love: riding your bike.

After all, without the dangling cords, there's no chance of them getting caught up in the bike or your body while you ride. You won't hook them on anything riding on the trails. Wireless headphones finally give you the freedom to ride and listen to music without thinking or worrying about anything else.

3 statistics show that cyclists and drivers have a long way to go

The relationship between bicyclists and drivers has not always been as good as it could be. The two sides often do not really see eye-to-eye. Drivers think it's frustrating and annoying when slower bicyclists hold up traffic or take up part of the lane, while cyclists think that aggressive and careless drivers put everyone at risk.

That's part of the reason you see media campaigns about sharing the road. It may feel like common sense to you as a cyclist, but there really is a disconnect here. A lot of work has to be done before both groups can actually share the road safely and responsibly.

Recent aircraft crashes raise concerns about Boeing's 737 Max

The crash of a Boeing 737 Max jet liner in Ethiopia this week has raised disturbing questions about the safety of this plane. Minutes after the plane took off, it plunged to the ground, killing all 157 people on board. Just five months ago, a Boeing 737 Max crashed in Indonesia with no survivors. As a result, all units of this aircraft model have been grounded around the world.

Is that canned food safe? Or does it contain deadly toxins?

You hop on your bike one Saturday afternoon and ride over to the farmers market. You love to support the local economy. You're happy to get fresh, farm-grown foods. You can't believe how many people eat processed foods, but you're not going to put that stuff in your body. The farmers' market is the perfect way to find the food you really want.

While you're there, you find a great variety of foods, canned by an artisan food producer.  You pick up as many as you can carry on your bike, pay for them, and ride home. You're thrilled about how well you're going to be eating for the foreseeable future. Canned foods give you a lot of options and they offer you healthy meals prepared by someone who has the same values that you do about environmentalism, food culture and sustainable living.

Airline passengers suffer injuries on a very turbulent flight

On February 13, 2019, a Delta Airlines flight had to be diverted to Reno, Nevada, after severe turbulence caused injuries to five passengers. Three of the passengers were injured so badly that they required hospitalization. The plane, en route from Santa Ana, California to Seattle, flew through a strong winter storm, expected to last all week. The National Weather Service in Reno said the storm will "downright dangerous flying conditions with extreme turbulence". The Service went on the say "this is a particularly dangerous situation for aviation in the lee of the Sierra over the next few days." Considering the warnings made by the National Weather Service, one wonders why the airplane's pilots chose to fly directly through the storm, rather than altering their course.

Sex abuse scandals are draining Catholic Church finances

The Archdiocese of Chicago has incurred significant debts, due largely to the many sexual abuse claims filed against it. In an article published on February 11, 2019, the Chicago Sun Times says that in recent years, the archdiocese has borrowed more than $200 million to cover its obligations.

To lessen this debt load, the Church intends to sell the parking lot located directly across the street from Holy Name Cathedral for a reported $100 million. A developer intends to erect two high-rise residential buildings on this prime piece of real estate. In addition, the Church is considering the sale of the "Cardinal's Mansion" on Chicago's Gold Coast.

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