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    We are back from the future. Go tell your old self to buy some TP.

    I am sponsoring the Wormhole prize this year again, and recognize Boomer, bikenick as winners of the 2020 edition and SteveO has the OG of Wormholes.

    Could we have the #FSWormhole added to the leaderboard?


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    Have you ever bent the spacetime continuum on a ride and wondered how did I get there so fast and yet it seemed slow?

    If the concept of time is just something to be toyed with, then this prize is for you!

    What’s a wormhole? It’s kinda like you know it when you ridden through it.

    ******* EDIT *******

    I am going to edit this rule from last year: Once a wormhole has been identified, that is it others can go interstellar on it but they won’t get a further point.

    CHANGE: Even if it's identified/claimed by someone else and you ride through it, you can still ### it and gather a point.

    The whole point of this side quest is make our connections between places easier, so go on and hypercyclespace your away around.

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    Claim your spatial discovery on Strava with #FSWormhole and give it NAME (ie: The universe's most inadvisable wormhole) and describe it here, post photos etc.

    We have some previous explored wormholes from the past edition, which if you get to ride them this year you can claim but as always there are extra points for novelty and quality of wormholes.

    What makes a quality wormhole? You know it once you ridden through them, if it brings a smile to you face you are doing it right, if it almost kills you talk to Steve.

    Ride on,

    Filipe
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuisFilipe View Post
    We are back from the future. Go tell your old self to buy some TP.

    I am sponsoring the Wormhole prize this year again, and recognize Boomer, bikenick as winners of the 2020 edition and SteveO has the OG of Wormholes.

    Could we have the #FSWormhole added to the leaderboard?



    RULES:

    Have you ever bent the spacetime continuum on a ride and wondered how did I get there so fast and yet it seemed slow?

    If the concept of time is just something to be toyed with, then this prize is for you!

    WhatÂ’s a wormhole? ItÂ’s kinda like you know it when you ridden through it.

    Once a wormhole has been identified, that is it others can go interstellar on it but they wonÂ’t get a further point.

    Claim your spatial discovery on Strava with #FSWormhole and give it NAME (ie: The universe's most inadvisable wormhole) and describe it here, post photos etc.

    We have some previous explored wormholes from the past edition, which if you get to ride them this year you can claim but as always there are extra points for novelty and quality of wormholes.

    What makes a quality wormhole? You know it once you ridden through them, if it brings a smile to you face you are doing it right, if it almost kills you talk to Steve.


    Ride on,

    Filipe
    So, I am not going to sponsor a reindeer game this year, but it might be fun to give side commentary.

    Wormholes is one of my favorite games - not only because when I was a newbie, and considerably more cautious about road riding, I relied more on wormholes to get places without riding on arterials - but because they relate to an interesting urban planning phenomenon.

    As many of you know, a lot of urban planners and "urbanists" like street grids - they provide a lot of routes to walk and ride that avoid major roads, they diffuse cars on multiple streets so that the arterial (where most businesses are located) does not become so hostile to walking and riding (or so congested). Some people find them aesthetically pleasing (there are curvilinear grids - think Fairlington - where hills make a rectilinear grid a bad idea) The rectilinear grid was the most common form for American cities and even small towns from the mid 18th century on through the 1920s or so.

    OTOH many Americans prefer the cul de sac form. While it can mean long detours for trips within the neighborhood (thus bad for walking and biking) it means that many parts of the neighborhood have minimal auto traffic, and people like to live in those parts - its quieter, it can be very easy to walk right near their house, they are comfortable with kids playing in the street. Thats more important to them than walkable arterials, because walking for transportation is not important to them.

    A compromise between the two forms is the Radburn design. Founded in 1929, it today can be seen as an alternative to the classic cul de sac (though some see it as influencing the classic cul de sac) Like the cul de sac design, streets end in dead ends, feed into collectors, which feed into arterials. But there is an alternative system of paths that connect areas, providing walkers a seperated, and usually more direct, route through neighborhoods. While it does not solve the problem of the "traffic sewer" arterial, it at least avoids the long circuitous routes to get around within the neighborhood.

    While its not exactly the same thing, I see the wormholes linking cul de sacs and other lower volume streets as having parallel benefits - creating more direct, and low stress, walking and biking routes in an otherwise classic "mid century" suburban environment. One big advantage of them - its a lot easier to retrofit a suburb with them, than it is with a classic urban street grid.

    Cutting a new street to connect up cul de sacs pretty much means condemning and tearing down a house - both financially and politically a huge obstacle - and all the objections from everyone who will now have "cut through" traffic they didn't have before (indeed we continue to see places where existing street connections are cut) New street grids in old suburbs are virtually always done where a big parcel is redeveloped (see Mosaic District for example, Potomac Yard in ALX, or the efforts in Tysons)


    Connecting them up with a short trail, as is done in quite a few parts of Fairfax County, requires condemning an easement on only a small piece of someone's yard, and is not as objectionable to everyone. (though I don't think most FFX wormholes were created quite that way). It can give us many of the benefits of a grid. while being something acheivable.
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    LOTM, dropping some serious what knowledge.

    I hereby bestow unto you the title of Custos Scientiae and grant you a point in the wormhole of games.

    Yes technically the game hasn't started, but by being a wormhole game it has.

    Ride on.
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    Holy #Wormhole, Beach Filipe; who knew?!:-0

    P.S. how to wormhole under I-95 at National Harbor near the Wilson Bridge w/out becoming Road Kill!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    So, I am not going to sponsor a reindeer game this year, but it might be fun to give side commentary.

    Wormholes is one of my favorite games - not only because when I was a newbie, and considerably more cautious about road riding, I relied more on wormholes to get places without riding on arterials - but because they relate to an interesting urban planning phenomenon.

    As many of you know, a lot of urban planners and "urbanists" like street grids - they provide a lot of routes to walk and ride that avoid major roads, they diffuse cars on multiple streets so that the arterial (where most businesses are located) does not become so hostile to walking and riding (or so congested). Some people find them aesthetically pleasing (there are curvilinear grids - think Fairlington - where hills make a rectilinear grid a bad idea) The rectilinear grid was the most common form for American cities and even small towns from the mid 18th century on through the 1920s or so.

    OTOH many Americans prefer the cul de sac form. While it can mean long detours for trips within the neighborhood (thus bad for walking and biking) it means that many parts of the neighborhood have minimal auto traffic, and people like to live in those parts - its quieter, it can be very easy to walk right near their house, they are comfortable with kids playing in the street. Thats more important to them than walkable arterials, because walking for transportation is not important to them.

    A compromise between the two forms is the Radburn design. Founded in 1929, it today can be seen as an alternative to the classic cul de sac (though some see it as influencing the classic cul de sac) Like the cul de sac design, streets end in dead ends, feed into collectors, which feed into arterials. But there is an alternative system of paths that connect areas, providing walkers a seperated, and usually more direct, route through neighborhoods. While it does not solve the problem of the "traffic sewer" arterial, it at least avoids the long circuitous routes to get around within the neighborhood.

    While its not exactly the same thing, I see the wormholes linking cul de sacs and other lower volume streets as having parallel benefits - creating more direct, and low stress, walking and biking routes in an otherwise classic "mid century" suburban environment. One big advantage of them - its a lot easier to retrofit a suburb with them, than it is with a classic urban street grid.

    Cutting a new street to connect up cul de sacs pretty much means condemning and tearing down a house - both financially and politically a huge obstacle - and all the objections from everyone who will now have "cut through" traffic they didn't have before (indeed we continue to see places where existing street connections are cut) New street grids in old suburbs are virtually always done where a big parcel is redeveloped (see Mosaic District for example, Potomac Yard in ALX, or the efforts in Tysons)


    Connecting them up with a short trail, as is done in quite a few parts of Fairfax County, requires condemning an easement on only a small piece of someone's yard, and is not as objectionable to everyone. (though I don't think most FFX wormholes were created quite that way). It can give us many of the benefits of a grid. while being something acheivable.
    LOTM- I think you should write a book on “wormhole suburbanism”. It could just be the most important philosophy/phenomenon in post-modern urban planning to fix our car-centric and highly disconnected cul-de-sac culture.

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    Dora Kelly Hyperspace Junction

    Otherwise known as Dora Kelly Nature Park, this nexus includes several useful wormholes including a dry crossing of Holmes Run. It connects Bailey's Crossroads/Skyline, Alexandria West and Lincolnia Heights. As befits such an intense concentration of spatial anomalies, there is a strong gravity well. So you will need good brakes for the approach and good climbing legs (or a granny gear) to escape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    Dora Kelly Hyperspace Junction

    Otherwise known as Dora Kelly Nature Park, this nexus includes several useful wormholes including a dry crossing of Holmes Run. It connects Bailey's Crossroads/Skyline, Alexandria West and Lincolnia Heights. As befits such an intense concentration of spatial anomalies, there is a strong gravity well. So you will need good brakes for the approach and good climbing legs (or a granny gear) to escape.
    I never thought of it as a wormhole! But now it’s my favorite!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer2U View Post
    Holy #Wormhole, Beach Filipe; who knew?!:-0

    P.S. how to wormhole under I-95 at National Harbor near the Wilson Bridge w/out becoming Road Kill!


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    So that's a wormhole, I ride through it every time I go to the Wilson Bridge, so if I take a picture of it, will it count? Or is it too late because you already claimed it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie E. View Post
    So that's a wormhole, I ride through it every time I go to the Wilson Bridge, so if I take a picture of it, will it count? Or is it too late because you already claimed it?
    The former “Once claimed, it can no longer be discovered by another” rule has been overruled for FS2021, so it’s still available!!:-0

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    Wormhole is strong, the name is strong, and the description is strong.

    BentBike might be bending light with the miles he rides and wormhole discoveries.

    Well played.
    f.

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