Winter did not get the memo. Spring is waiting at the door with a suitcase, but Winter is still lolling about in fluffy white pajamas showing no sign of packing up. So, Lawrence OnBoard had to postpone the first Ride Research day. We didn’t want any of our brave researchers to suffer hypothermia, frostbite, or cars skidding off the road into them. We will instead have our first ride day on April 13th, and then a second day on May 5th. Locations will be posted on the Lawrence OnBoard Facebook page.
Now, let me tell you a little something about riding in cold weather. You see, I had a hypothesis that I would get rides more easily in cold weather because drivers would naturally have pity on poor cold suffering me shivering on the roadside. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. On cold days it takes considerably longer to get a ride. Why is that? Could it be that, in the warm bubble of the heated car, Joe Driver cannot feel the cold? Or perhaps he does not want to let out the warm air? I suspect that a person wearing a big bulky coat is more intimidating and/or suspect than someone lightly dressed for warm weather. (Kansas is a concealed carry state after all). This will be yet another interesting variable to plot on a nifty chart. Wait time on X axis and layers of clothing on Y axis perhaps? We’ll see if this finding bears up over time and with more data.