Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Arlington MA
Bikes: Jamis Quest (Ultegra components,Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels and Reynods Ouzo Pro Fork), Gary Fisher Tassajara
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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.