Letters: Share the road


From: Larry Dickman

Last week I was informed that a Honda Civic weighs in at 3,000 pounds, and that some guy with a bicycle could dress out at 300 pounds. I took notice of the difference. How much of a discrepancy exists? Let’s do the math. I’ll use postulate math, and specifically the Gazinta Method, promoted by Jethro Bodine in the 1960s. So, if 300 pounds “gazinta” 3,000 pounds, 10 times, this gives a discrepancy, or ratio, of 10 to one with regard to weight. The Civic out weighing the cyclist by 10 to one. What would happen should the Civic and the cyclist occupy space juxtapositionally, contiguously, or even attempt to take up the same space? Yikes!

Newton’s third law of motion should be examined. Formally stated, Newton’s third law is: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Since the Civic outweighs the cyclist by 10 to one, the action of colliding just may be a safety issue for the cyclist. I did not need to consult what method of math J. Bodine would use, as it’s an axiom to state that the cyclist is more likely to be injured.

With regard to a “Share the Road Plan,” hazard mitigation, risk management, and feasibility studies must be done for cyclist safety. Locally, the consultant firm of Wold Architects and Engineers seem to be right popular. Hire them to perform a study, with the cost of the study to be shared, as in “Share the Road.” But what would the cost share breakdown be? There are many variables. Here is one: mass (gravitational weight of Civic versus cyclist) and volume (size/shape of Civic versus cyclist). By taking the respective mass over volume, and applying Gazinta Math, you will determine density.

And density of some sort may be the issue in this case.


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