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otter
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posted 12 August 2006 05:28 PM      Profile for otter        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As a youth i loved riding my bike all over the country and even in my mid 30's when i was on a fitness kick i found cycling over small mountains here in b.c. to be an exhilarating experience.

I also remember that my brother was run over by a drunk driver and i personally have had so many close calls with stupid, inattentive and dangerous drivers that riding a bicycle today is just too risky imo. I have talked with 3 people i know that have had close calls this summer with bad drivers and i have cautioned them either give up the bike or at least ride on sidewalks or facing the traffic. Ya ya, i know, its illegal. Too bad. My personal safety is far more important than some ill-conceived legislation.

Granted, the cost of gas these days makes alternative transportation methods a lot more appealing. But with the proliferation of SUV'S, huge trucks and frantic drivers constantly trying to make up time on the roadways today, riding a bicycle seems to be simply a matter of time before the rider is injured, crippled or killed.


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Yst
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posted 14 August 2006 10:37 PM      Profile for Yst     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yep, it's pretty hard to ignore. I'm a lifelong cyclist; probably always will be. But I've been doored twice and t-boned twice in the past couple years alone. I've broken both wrists in separate bike accidents. It's only a matter of time before it happens again. I bike everywhere, including between Ontario cities. And it's a calculated risk for which the calculations are not favourable. Still better than driving a car, as far as I'm concerned, though.
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Farmpunk
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posted 15 August 2006 12:40 PM      Profile for Farmpunk     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I bike as much as I can. August and September is tough, because I'm gassed from work. But there is no better feeling than quiet self-powered speed.

I enjoy urban cycling much better than riding the country roads. Drivers treat these two lane country roads like highways: 90 klicks is considered slow. And, like all other roads, they're full of transports. I really enjoy being passed by a roaring transport, having them lay on the horn as they roar past. Even better is when a transport passes by, and there's a transport or a vehicle on the other side of the road, meaning that I'm squeezed to the last centimeter of space.

In urban areas I find that drivers, while no less stupid or inattentive, are simply going slower, so I feel safer. Stop and go traffic on a bike is a breeze, especially if you cut between cars.

Do a search for the name Lucas Brunelle. He used to make movies of inner city messenger races. Crazy shit.

[ 15 August 2006: Message edited by: Farmpunk ]


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otter
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posted 15 August 2006 01:07 PM      Profile for otter        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
An advantage of urban cycling is the ability to use alleyways, sidwalks, pedestrian paths, parks, subdivisions, dead-ends [there is invariably some foot path leading past the end] and going the wrong way on one way streets to faciliate the cyclists journey. That way, the major risks are then relegated to crossing major roads and streets.
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Boom Boom
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posted 15 August 2006 02:16 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm also a lifelong cyclist, and I wish we had a cycle path on the entire Lower North Shore here in Quebec. I take my bike along with me (in the truck bed) when I leave to travel to the mainland. Locally, Sept-Iles has a great bicycle network for a small city. I'm from Ottawa, which developed bikeways all over, including the Rideau Canal parkway every Sunday morning for cyclists, back in the 70s.
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Panama Jack
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posted 15 August 2006 03:31 PM      Profile for Panama Jack     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by otter:
An advantage of urban cycling is the ability to use alleyways, sidwalks, pedestrian paths, parks, subdivisions, dead-ends [there is invariably some foot path leading past the end] and going the wrong way on one way streets to faciliate the cyclists journey. That way, the major risks are then relegated to crossing major roads and streets.

You mean ... the major risks associated with cyclists. This type of behaviour inevitably results in more risks for those walking on two feet ! Riding at any decent amount of speed (going slowly at walking speed is OK imo) along a sidewalk is dangerous to both the cyclist and others.

I'm an avid cyclist, and have had friends lose/nearly lose their lives through driving or cycling (my sister recently got sideswiped while driving across Victoria's Johnson St. Bridge), yet I've also had my grandmother break her hip due to a reckless bicycle courier sideswiping her while walking along a sidewalk.

Unfortunately, there are seemingly equal ratios of reckless car drivers, cyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers, as well as pedestrians making their merry ways from A to B. All are capable of inflicting harm .... but cars and fast moving bikes are higher up on the food chain than the others. Keep 'em seperated.


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Martha (but not Stewart)
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posted 15 August 2006 05:07 PM      Profile for Martha (but not Stewart)     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
An advantage of urban cycling is the ability to use alleyways,

Legal.

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sidwalks,

Illegal, and rightly so. Cyclists on the sidewalk are a menace, unless either the sidewalk is empty or they are cycling at walking speed or slower.

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pedestrian paths, parks, subdivisions, dead-ends [there is invariably some foot path leading past the end] and

Legal, I think (but I'm not sure).

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going the wrong way on one way streets to faciliate the cyclists journey.

Illegal. I once got a ticket for this. Really.


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