Don’t Salmon – Salmon Cyclist Kills Another Rider in Pasadena
Salmoning is the act of riding the wrong way down the street. It’s called such because salmon swim upstream, against the current. While this is a vital part of survival for the fish, it’s just plain stupid for cyclists, or anything moving on a roadway for that matter.
Salmoning is dangerous because, obviously, it goes against the flow of traffic. It’s unexpected and it doesn’t make sense. It makes people going the right way need to swerve or stop or perform some other jolted maneuver without necessarily any room or enough time to avoid another moving object coming head-on at them. And, in what has been a very unfortunate demonstration of just how bad of an idea it can be, salmoning has also proven deadly.
BikinginLA reports that a 20-year old Pasadena cyclist has passed away following a collision yesterday with a cyclist traveling the wrong way down the street he was riding on. According to Caltech Bike Lab, riding salmon dramatically increases the force of any impact. Read the full story at BikinginLA. Condolences to the young man and his family.