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Bicyclists Beware!

Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by Revoltingest, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. Revoltingest

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    I speculate that my sin was being on a bicycle.
    As for his sentence, he only lost his license for a year.
    I'd wager there was a fine or something, but I didn't find out.
     
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    Sure, why not.
     
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    Problem:
    Typically it's illegal to bike on sidewalks.
    We're supposed to be in traffic, but drivers disagree...sometimes violently.
     
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    Yes, but there's no reason bicyclists can't stay on side streets or away from heavy traffic.
     
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    Side streets are dangerous too.
    But I'd never ride in heavy traffic.
    Even in Mr Van, all those cars are dangerous.
    They drive without thinking.
     
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    It is the Lycra clad guys that race up from behind that are the worst culprits.
     
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    They vary.
    But their speed poses problems.
    Ebikes will increase the trouble.
     
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    Well, yes, it's a dangerous activity. Looking at the stats (Motor vehicle fatality rate in U.S. by year - Wikipedia), there were over 37,000 people killed in vehicle accidents in 2017. Although it appears the figures have come down since it peaked in the 1970s.

    Then there are pedestrian deaths, also included in the figures in the link above:

    For comparison, there were 777 bicycle fatalities in 2017 (Cyclist fatality rate in U.S. by year - Wikipedia).

    The bottom line is, if you're a pedestrian or a bicyclist, it's never a good idea to play chicken with a vehicle weighing 1 to 2 tons (or more).

    The other day I saw a woman jaywalking in heavy traffic while pushing a baby carriage and with another youngster on foot, running across the street. And there was a crosswalk just a few hundred feet away, yet people just cross wherever they feel like.

    I sometimes wonder if they even teach safety in schools anymore. We got the lecture very early in life - stay out of traffic.
     
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    In the UK cyclists are banned from motorways and some other heavy roads. Clear signs show cyclists when they cannot use roads, as well as where they can use pavements etc.
    The UK is pursuing a strong initiative to get folks cycling, running, keeping fit and lots of money has been spent on special cycle tracks all around our coastlines and with many cross country routes.
    Cycling is mostly good to great here.
     
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    We have...
    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy | Healthier places for healthier people | Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
    There's also a nascent movement for linear
    parks, which are great for biking & walking.
    Alas, we don't have enuf of'm.
     
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    Ebikes are restricted to 15mph here, beyond which the motors cannot power the bike.
    And the bike must be peddled for the motor to work.
     
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    I always speak for myself and thanks for the beer. :D
     
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    Enjoy, its really a very good real ale made in the traditional way
     
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    It lacks landing wheels. It is otherwise an awesome design, however it needs a set of wheels that the rider can pop down at temporary stops and which pull themselves back up when the bike starts moving again. Perhaps it would be more convenient and less nerdy.
     
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    We adults don't use training wheels.
     
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    We have good cycling areas around here, too, albeit the climate is rather inhospitable in the summertime (110° F or more). Best time is in the early morning hours.
     
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    Recumbent trikes with 20" wheels sometimes appear around here. They have a rod with small red flag on top so that drivers can see them more easily.

    There are many ordinary adult trikes around here, and electric power has made these much more handy. The only problem with adult trikes is that they have a tipping point which is usually only discovered by tipping over on a bend, and this is why I would not recommend them to anybody.
     
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    110° F? Ouch!
    Our summers are moderate (temperate :) ) by comparison. I have white-finger (reynaud's) and can sometimes lose circulation even in July, so winter cycling is the difficulty for me. Fortunately our sports shops sell thermal mittens for skiers and so I always keep a pair with me, any time of year.
     
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    Absolutely!
    Whatever works for those who have any needs ............ yeah.

    We are all as unique as our fingerprints and this message is slowly getting through now, thus inviting everybody to have a go at anything.
     
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