Spotted: Stop and Smell the Carbon Monoxide

What: Graffiti on a bus stop bench, "Stop and Smell the Carbon Monoxide" next to Peterborough's only (partly) protected bike lane.

Although the origin of this graffiti is unknown, we believe it may be by prolific Peterborough street artist Jerm IX, as it is in the same font he uses for his name tags.

Where: Peterborough's main street, George Street, at McDonnel where two bike lanes meet.

Why we think it's dandy: Makes a point. Even when you are biking in a nice, wide, partly protected bike lane you are breathing in the exhaust from all those cars while you pedal -- and it doesn't smell like roses. Also, carbon monoxide is odourless.

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