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Old 04-25-08, 09:16 AM   #1
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I rode in to work today. I have 2 possible routes, rt 3A (Arlington to Burlington) direct, about 6.5 miles, and the bike path to Lexington and then to Burlington 9.5 miles. Today I took the shorter more direct route. Rt 3a is mostly a single lane road with 35 mph speed limits and one section where it becomes 2 lanes 40 mph limit. I have never had a problem on this road (knock on wood). Today they were doing construction and the cops blocked off the road such that it was one lane only. So cars were taking turns going (the cops would hold one side up, let 20 cars through and then alternate. I found myself as the last vehicle going through this narrow section way behind the car in front of me (due to my slower speed) and the cops held a line of cars on the other side until I was through. Essentially they treated me as just another car (as they should). It was nice to see.

And then I get near work and I have to turn left. I am normally 1 -3 feet left of the white line so that anyone wanting to pass me has to essentially move over (I used to be on the white line but found that tempted people to squeak by me, endangering me and themselves). So I look back, place out my left arm and the car behind me slows down. I merge left, take the lane and as I make my turn realize that the car that gave me way was a taxi (taxi's around here are not usually known for their adherence to the rules).

So, just thought I would post a few positive experiences.
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Old 04-25-08, 09:30 AM   #2
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About 2 years ago they were adding a freeway on ramp and off ramps near my office... regularly closing the road for the heavy equipment that went back and forth.

I was doing noon rides with some folks from other nearby offices... so we rode through there almost daily. We would see the same folks guiding traffic every day. One day we happened to filter up to the front, and rather then let all the traffic go, this guy motioned for us to go first, while he held both the heavy trucks and the other traffic at bay... once we were down the road a bit, he motioned for the heavy trucks to continue crossing the road. We had the street to ourselves.
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I often have had the "one lane goes at a time" sections on my commute due to construction or utility maintenance issues. I've had nothing but pleasant experiences in those situations, and was always treated just like any other vehicle. Many of the vehicles on these roads are tractor trailer dump trucks, so I can easily clear these sections from a stop just as fast or faster than they can. I actually like it, as it slows everyone down a little.

Since it is kind of rare to see cyclists in this particular area, some of the flag men/women seem to get quite a kick out of seeing a person on a bike riding through though!
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There was a resurfacing/widening project going on, on a leg of my shortest route to/from work recently. In fact they just finished putting the paint down this week. Nice to have a smooth ride for a change, and they widened both lanes from 11' to 12'. This is on a 2 lane 55 mph highway, no paved shoulder, and I never had a problem.

One of the times that I was first in line I had a loaded log truck behind me. When it was our turn to go he was so much slower getting going it was like having the whole lane all to myself all the way through.
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I rode in to work today. I have 2 possible routes, rt 3A (Arlington to Burlington) direct, about 6.5 miles, and the bike path to Lexington and then to Burlington 9.5 miles. Today I took the shorter more direct route. Rt 3a is mostly a single lane road with 35 mph speed limits and one section where it becomes 2 lanes 40 mph limit. I have never had a problem on this road (knock on wood). Today they were doing construction and the cops blocked off the road such that it was one lane only. So cars were taking turns going (the cops would hold one side up, let 20 cars through and then alternate. I found myself as the last vehicle going through this narrow section way behind the car in front of me (due to my slower speed) and the cops held a line of cars on the other side until I was through. Essentially they treated me as just another car (as they should). It was nice to see.

And then I get near work and I have to turn left. I am normally 1 -3 feet left of the white line so that anyone wanting to pass me has to essentially move over (I used to be on the white line but found that tempted people to squeak by me, endangering me and themselves). So I look back, place out my left arm and the car behind me slows down. I merge left, take the lane and as I make my turn realize that the car that gave me way was a taxi (taxi's around here are not usually known for their adherence to the rules).

So, just thought I would post a few positive experiences.
this is great! I posted about a great experience on my commute, where I did the reverse- riding the bike path home instead of my road route and really loving the ride. But it's nice when things go smooth on the road, too. I had a huge bus come to a full stop in downtown Boston the other day to allow me to enter and take the full lane right in front of him and I couldn't believe it! It really balances out the occasional jerk.

We've had some pretty amazing weather lately- maybe people are cheering up!
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