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SMIDSY and SAM

Doesn’t that sound like a great title for a kids’ cartoon series?
I’m seeing SMIDSY as a dim-witted, but lovable bunny, while SAM is his solemn and stern friend (a beaver) – ever ready to get SMIDSY out of the endless scrapes he gets himself into.
I know, I know, I need to get out more…

Anyway, before I get too carried away (which I did in making that image), I had better bring us back to reality with the explanation that SMIDSY and SAM are abbreviations which describe a situation us scooter riders find ourselves in quite often – and offers a technique you may consider, if it seems appropriate to you. Continue reading SMIDSY and SAM

Visibility on a Scooter. Z-motion, X-motion, and why cars pull out in front of us.

Anybody who has ridden a scooter or motorcycle for any appreciable amount of time  knows the all-too-familiar feeling that we seem to be invisible on the road.

When the umpteenth person pulls across our path or pushes us out of our lane, it’s tempting (and quite natural) to get very annoyed at the distracted and inattentive driver.

In this post, I hope to provide an insight into the psychology of visibility, and offer some tips which can help. Continue reading Visibility on a Scooter. Z-motion, X-motion, and why cars pull out in front of us.