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Old 03-26-07, 11:06 AM   #1
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Advocacy on the road (member stories)

So let's hear your constructive advocacy on the road.
Please no bashing cyclists.

The road east on Van Buren four lane narrow lanes.

I see a cyclist on the sidewalk going really fast.
I pass him while I take my lane ridding right in the middle of my narrow lane.
Then I see him take to the road (after awhile) and ride up behind me. I hear his bike coast.

I move over so he can pass on the right. He cycles up.

Now cyclist : Is ridding on the road really safer?
Commuter : a 100 times better.
Cyclist: You sure proved your point (he was watching me).
Ommuter: have a good day and good luck!
He passes and I trail.

He almost got right and left hooked a couple times by not taking the lane, but I guess you can't teach him everything while going 20 mph. I am just happy he saw for himself why not to ride on the sidewalk.
Nothing to extreme mind you, yet postioning yourself is key.

It reminded me people are watching you and you just might get someone off the sidewalk with out saying anything.

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Old 03-26-07, 11:11 AM   #2
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Nice. Did you say it was safer/better before he asked if it was safer?
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Unlike bikeforums I keep my opinions to myself when on the road. Unless they get in my way or jepordize my safety they will get an ear full.

So Yea I was really shocked when he asked that question. Of course I only supplied an answer to the question as on the road is not the time to be talking about taking the lane and such. So long story short he asked me that.
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Unlike bikeforums I keep my opinions to myself when on the road. .
I do too. Even when out riding with clubs.
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I do too. Even when out riding with clubs.
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I concur, although I am not above yelling "wrong side" when a contraflow cyclist gets in my way.
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I concur, although I am not above yelling "wrong side" when a contraflow cyclist gets in my way.
Of course, when cyclists not following the rules of the road intersect my path, especially if I need to take evasive action, I let them know.

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I was talking with a motorist who was interested in cycling. He although gave preference over the motor stating how if the cyclist wasn't fast enough they should yield to the people doing the speed limit. Lane sharing. He then stated bike lanes and shove them on that. The last of the conversation went like this. If you don't want them on the road, they can't be on the sidewalk (he agrees with this) and I stated problems with bike lanes. Where are we suppose to go?

I gave him a bike and we went cycling (when there was no traffic). I provided bad bike lanes, sub-standard bike lanes, potential lane share 45 mph roads, bumpy unlit roads, and what it is like to have a car pass you in the other lane.
I also showed him the good stuff.

I think he understands more.
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