Illustration for article titled Some gentlemen near me have decided that lighter than usual quarantine traffic means its ok to ride electric unicycles and skateboards on main thoroughfares

The big main road near me is called Rockville Pike. It’s crammed with businesses, and in normal times it’s super busy. Lately though, not so much. Twice now I’ve been out driving at night, and seen this dude riding his self balancing unicycle in the road. With no lights on his person at all.

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Rockville Pike is mostly divided by an island in the middle, and you often have to wait a long time to make left turns on or off of it. Traffic is so light lately that it’s faster to turn right, go to the next break in the island, and flip a U-turn. Unless the crosswalk sign is already a blinking hand.

But still, this is not safe, and completely unnecessary because Rockville Pike has both sidewalks and frontage roads on either side of it. Clearly they were in the road for kicks.

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Last night, I was on my way home from bringing my parents’ trash bins in while they’re out at their vacation house, and not only did I see this dude, but another similarly unlit dude on an electric longboard.

Illustration for article titled Some gentlemen near me have decided that lighter than usual quarantine traffic means its ok to ride electric unicycles and skateboards on main thoroughfares
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At least they were wearing helmets, but come on dudebros. If you’re going to ride these things in the street, you need to at least strap some blinky lights on like cyclists do, regardless of how little traffic there might be.

UPDATE: I see that the SEO algorithms have gotten this post out to a larger audience and I’ve now attracted many angry comments from burner accounts. Have fun getting your rants dismissed, burners! 😘

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