The Spokes Man is Slate’s biking advice series featuring Henry Grabar on the dilemmas of urban bikers.
One of the bad parts of biking in a big city is that you have to interact with cars. They’re big, they pollute, and they put bikers in danger constantly. When that happens, we’re supposed to ring a tiny bell that no one can hear. But why do that when you can just slap a car?
In this episode of The Spokes Man, Henry Grabar assures drivers that a light tap on their car is far better than the alternative.
As always, use your own judgment about what’s safe while biking.