Drugs, Spiders & Cycle Infrastructure
Every dozen or so years, studies on the effects of various drugs on spiders’ web-weaving abilities re-surface. There’s probably some serious science behind this, but I can’t help feeling that it’s a bunch of scientists doing the grant-funded equivalent of getting your dog drunk. Except probably without the resultant doggy incontinence & vomiting problems. I have never got a dog drunk - it was Robbie’s brother-in-law who did that. I have on occasion been as sick as a dog due to the effects of drink. Not sure if that counts though.
So anyway, what has this to do with us? OK, well let’s imagine an idealised spider web, representing the idealised city cycling map (all these images are from trinity.edu):
Now let’s give our city planners / spiders some drugs! First up, mescaline:
Next, let’s try some LSD. What’s the worse that could happen when we open the doors of perception?
Maybe you’d prefer a little amphetamine instead?
Or perhaps for the ultimate everyday recreational drug, you just couldn’t go without a nice cup of coffee / mug of builder’s tea / Redbull - caffeine:
So either our local highways people need to drink less coffee . . . or maybe they’re all big Pedersen fans: