Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. -Tobias Smollett
Question #91514 posted on 08/09/2018 9:18 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am trying to find the safest bike route from home to work and back. I live near 400 E and Center St. in Provo and work at Timpview. I have a couple of options,

1) University Avenue
Pros: Has bike lanes on both sides
Cons: Imminent death from congestion, crazy drivers and construction. So, not really an option, I would prefer to stay away from this road.

2) Cut through south of campus, ride up Canyon Rd (N 150 E) past the stadium
Pros: Not very busy in the morning, wide-ish road.
Cons: No bike lanes, pretty busy in the afternoon

3) Cut through south of campus, ride on 900E by the MTC.
Pros: Has the West side huge sidewalk on 900E (which I believe is legal to ride on, at least what I could find online doesn't say it's illegal to do so)
Cons: Furthest distance of the three, pretty much can only ride on the West side of the road on the giant sidewalk.

I think the best option is to ride up Canyon past the stadium on the way to work in the mornings, and then home on 900E, stick to the sidewalk (if this is legal), and cut back through south of campus for the final stretch. I am fully up for any suggestions or ideas if someone can think of a better option.

I do everything else to be sure I am seen, I have reflective gear, head and tail lights, it's just a little scary out there Provo.


-Trying not to die


Dear Trying,

I think the main things to consider are traffic, bike lanes, and visibility. Bigger streets will have more space and better visibility, but more cars. Smaller streets will have less traffic, but you'll have to worry more about sharing the side walk with pedestrians and cars coming around blind corners. 

Personally, I think your plan is pretty solid. I looked at a few different routes and that seems as good as any. Just be careful and wear reflective gear. One winter semester I was wearing black sweats and forgot my reflective gear. I biked back home from campus on 900 E and got hit by a car! (It was going like 3 miles an hour on a right turn, so no big deal) I also had 2 more close calls. So moral of the story is wear reflective gear and pay attention!




Dear you,

In case you'd like to talk more about this specific bike route or others, try stopping by or contacting the Provo Bicycle Collective; they would probably have the most expert advice on biking around Provo.


--Ardilla Feroz

Question #91531 posted on 08/09/2018 11:48 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Here's a quick two-part question for you.

Part 1: What comes to your mind first to fill in the blank in the following conversation?

Your friend: "This morning, I saw a quail! It was so cute."
You: "That's nice and all, but I saw 6 ________ this morning. Ha! I've got you beat."

Part 2: If the word that first came to mind wasn't 'quail' or 'quails', which plural form do you use? Or do you have some whack-a-doodle system where you use the two in different situations, like explained here?

I had always used 'quails' and just recently somebody told me it's actually 'quail' - turns out both forms are found in most dictionaries and in common use. So what say you?

-Quizzical Quack Quickly Asking Quasi-Quirky Question Whilst in Quotidian Quailish Quandary


Dear you,

Chickens came to my mind, chickens came in a dream
The poultry did question "Birds dare ye to eat?

"So puzzled we birds are, oh rather Perplexed
To why people nosh us, not Worship instead

No new chicks on the block, we're the real Dinosaurs.
Ready? Quake ye and fear us, respect us, Adore.

Kentucky Fried Person is coming up soon!
So come, humans, Join us, to Serve Man,
For food."


Chickens are creepy.


--Ardilla Feroz, from Lagos, Nigeria


Dear Querulous,

I'm pretty sure that both "baby quail" and "raccoons" popped into my mind simultaneously.




My thought was, "Quail. Wait, quails? Quail? Oh no, what's the correct form?!" I was really glad to finish reading your question and see that both forms are accepted.