Our biggest customer was the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and one of their pet projects was to find ways to increase the use of bike helmets. Smart people at CDC (Jeff Sachs) reasoned that if we could demonstrate to each state government that they could save money by enacting laws that required the use of bike helmets by everyone, they would do it, and the CDC would have succeeded in their mission, by preventing some terrible head injuries. It turns out that bike helmets are really effective at that, and that biking without a helmet is a good way to get a terrible head injury (although apparently scientists argue about the relative risk associated with bike helmet disuse, relative risk being a concept that I still cannot fully understand).
|A bike helmet. You should wear one if you ride a bike.|
|It's a stout metal rod with a short |
leash at the end. You attach it
to your seat post. Keeps the dog
right where you see this one, safely
away from the bike and running
alongside. It works.
So Kim and I decided that our dog Phoebe needs more exercise, and that a way to do that was to increase the intensity rather than the amount/time of exercise she gets. How? Strap her to a bike and run her.
We get a bike, and a device to lash Phoebe safely to it, which keeps her from getting tangled up in the wheels, chain, etc. Off we go.
Phoebe was a little skittish on our first test ride, but she got with it much quicker than I thought she would. She didn't pull the bike over like I thought she might. I think she'll do better tomorrow morning when she has a lot more energy.
I also got a bike helmet. We both thought that after all the pain of building PICARD, if I did this without a helmet, God would see and be unable to resist the irony of having me go down head first, survive the ED, and then spend the rest of my life wrecked with a terrible head injury. I'm wearing it. Every ride.