City Desk

Should Cyclists Worry About Killing Worms When It Rains?


My morning ride through Rock Creek Park is one of the best parts of my day, and it's even better in the rain, when joggers and other distractions are few and I can ride in a head-clearing Zen state.

But the bike path is covered with squishable threats to this Zen state. Namely, worms, who for whatever reason, crawl out in the rain. If you want to avoid them, you end up swerving around like Monsieur Hulot. If another cyclist is approaching, avoiding worms is downright dangerous! So this is my question: Is it OK, morally, to flatten a worm when your safety and that of others is not in question? Or should one ride in a state of vegetarian terror?

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  • Woodley Parker

    Lol Andrew -- I assiduously avoid stepping on worms on the sidewalk in the rain also, if I can. The Jain priests in India apparently wear masks so they don't inhale any microscopic living things and use sticks to avoid stepping on any living insects. Food for thought.

  • Rick Mangus

    You have got to be kidding me, WHO CARES!

  • Kim Chi Ha

    But if you step on a worm, like split it in half, doesn't it just regrow?

  • Rachel

    Does riding over worms make your bike smell like worms afterward?
    As a kid I both loved/hated that worm smell.

  • Another David

    I say run the little bastards down. This past weekend I actively chased after a squirrel and turkey (yes, a turkey) that ran across the Mt Vernon Trail.

  • Mike Licht

    Sure, run 'em over. But don't come whining to us when your bike skids on worm goo.

  • Sigmund Freud

    How does this scum sucker keep his job at City Paper? A while ago he was begging the Omni to shovel the bike path of snow so he could ride his tricycle.
    Fire this loser.

  • Liberty

    this is idiotic