I've been posting about the poor state of bicycle transportation opportunities in Springfield and that I find the prospect of riding a bike to work too dangerous. But sometimes the infrastructure isn't the main hazard, rather it is the cyclist making things dangerous. I saw such a hazard on wheels today.
Coming home from work, driving west on West Washington, I came upon a cyclist riding in the street, going my direction, with a full golf bag on his back. It hung on him mostly horizontally, greatly increasing his width profile and making it harder to avoid hitting him. As I passed him, I was half in the left turn lane. I looked over and adding to his dangerous load was what he was carrying up front. He had one hand on on the handle bars and the other was balancing a CASE OF BUDWEISER on top of the handle bars.
I appreciate the guy's conservation efforts (or blind stupidity) but riding with that load on a busy street, up hill and into the sun no less, just seems to be a little over the top. I say it's still OK to drive a car under those circumstances.