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    Editorial advocacy of running us over

    "Black 2001 Saturn SC2. Thatís the car I drive ó and if youíre a bicyclist on the road but not in a bike path and you see my car, I hope youíre wearing a helmet, because I might run you over.

    Maybe not intentionally.

    But you see, with all these things I can do in my car nowadays, such as choose a different song on my iPod, send a text message while driving or fall asleep at the wheel because I had to wake up for a worthless 8 a.m. biology lab, I might not notice you.

    And, considering you are where you should not be, I might hit you."

    Unbelievable.

    http://statenews.com/index.php/artic...ay_on_sidewalk

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    Satire?

    Either way the reader comments already posted there do a pretty good job, I think.

    Already a few threads on this.
    Last edited by ghettocruiser; 04-09-09 at 02:15 PM.

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    I saved the page so I can read it when I need a good pick me up after they take it down. I think he was being serious.

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    Never had a problem of not going with the flow/speed of traffic on campus. Here, it is 20 mph and many don't go 5 over on campus. No headwind and I have to go around cars and buses as he is describing since passing on the right is inherently less safe.
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    I read at least 75 comments on that page, and at least 70 of those called "Zack Colman" an idiot. Good to know people are still willing to call out foolishness.

    JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".

    I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!

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    Very heavy-handed satire is my guess. If so, it worked in provoking responses.

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    How many times are you gonna start this thread, bustednutz?
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Bicyclists need to stay on sidewalk

    Hi all, new to this forum.
    I came across this Opinion Editorial yesterday and was disgusted that a University News Paper would allow something as this to be printed.
    As many of you I ride Road and Trail and to have someone advocating that he will purposely assault a cyclist because he feels they should not be allowed to share the road with a motor vehicle is appalling.
    Articles such as this make it hard for all cyclists to enjoy what they do.
    I have contacted both the Chief Editor and the President of the University and stated my disgust with this and hopefully action will be taken. Hopefully others will do the same and journalists such as this will no longer be able to put to print such hateful thinking.

    Thanks All,
    Ride On....

    http://www.statenews.com/index.php/a...ay_on_sidewalk

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    I'm all for sharing the road- if the cyclist(s) are going the speed limit.
    Otherwise, don't be an azzhat- get to the shoulder.
    Would you ride a moped in the middle of the lane, going 25 in a 45
    mph zone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornholio View Post
    I'm all for sharing the road- if the cyclist(s) are going the speed limit.
    Otherwise, don't be an azzhat- get to the shoulder.
    Would you ride a moped in the middle of the lane, going 25 in a 45
    mph zone?
    Yes, if it was safer to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsjustb View Post
    yes, if it was safer to do so.
    +1
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornholio View Post
    I'm all for sharing the road- if the cyclist(s) are going the speed limit.
    Otherwise, don't be an azzhat- get to the shoulder.
    Would you ride a moped in the middle of the lane, going 25 in a 45
    mph zone?
    So you are saying that you are in favor of sharing the road with cyclists as long as you don't have to share the road?

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    Yes, I think that's what he said.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornholio View Post
    I'm all for sharing the road- if the cyclist(s) are going the speed limit.
    Otherwise, don't be an azzhat- get to the shoulder.
    Would you ride a moped in the middle of the lane, going 25 in a 45
    mph zone?
    The "azzhat" is the one who refuses to reduce his/her speed for slow-moving vehicles.

    That means you.

    -Kurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by F-UofM View Post
    Hi all, new to this forum.
    "F-UofM?" Interesting. Any particular reason (or is there any connection between this article and the U of M that I am not following)?

    -Kurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornholio View Post
    I'm all for sharing the road- if the cyclist(s) are going the speed limit.
    Otherwise, don't be an azzhat- get to the shoulder.
    Would you ride a moped in the middle of the lane, going 25 in a 45
    mph zone?
    Wait...you're the guy who wrote the editorial, aren't you?
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Article must be a troll. If so, I think he did a pretty good job. Certainly got us all up in arms!

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    Yea there are plenty of comments on there

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    I'm saying that if you are a slow moving vehicle, move to the right hand side of the lane to allow vehicles traveling the speed limit to pass.
    If you are not traveling the speed limit and taking the lane, then you are an azzhat.
    You think it is safer to take the lane and cause vehicles to swerve in to oncoming traffic to get around you?
    With all of the female drivers out there, no less?
    I feel much safer hugging the shoulder if I am going slower than traffic.

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    You do realize the speed "limit" is a maximum and not a minimum, right?
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    "F-UofM?" Interesting. Any particular reason (or is there any connection between this article and the U of M that I am not following)?

    -Kurt
    No connection. I just happened at one time to work for the U of M Athletic Department and found out the hard way that the integrity they preach about is not there what so ever. No longer a fan of Go Blow and hope they lose every game they ever play. Their Department is just as dirty as all the others out there but the talk about how clean they are.
    That's it in a nut shell.

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    While there may be minimum speed limits on freeways, the common-sense and possibly legal minimum speed limit on other roads would be the point where you are obstructing the normal flow of traffic.
    This is the situation in which cyclists should not take the lane, myself included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornholio View Post
    While there may be minimum speed limits on freeways, the common-sense and possibly legal minimum speed limit on other roads would be the point where you are obstructing the normal flow of traffic.
    This is the situation in which cyclists should not take the lane, myself included.

    We get it. You like riding on the shoulder/doorzone. You dont like cyclists on the lane. You don't like cyclists slowing you down.

    Understood. You have said that 3 times on the first page of this thread. Can you stop now?

    You know what? forget it, tell me again what you like and dont like. I dont like cabbage

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    I'm only responding to posts that call for clarification from me.
    And I can tolerate cabbage, but I don't like squash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornholio View Post
    I'm saying that if you are a slow moving vehicle, move to the right hand side of the lane to allow vehicles traveling the speed limit to pass.
    If you are not traveling the speed limit and taking the lane, then you are an azzhat.
    You think it is safer to take the lane and cause vehicles to swerve in to oncoming traffic to get around you?
    With all of the female drivers out there, no less?
    I feel much safer hugging the shoulder if I am going slower than traffic.
    psst...Mr. Azzhat...one can only share a lane if it is safe to do so. If you are not patient enough to wait a couple of seconds and have to 'swerve into oncoming traffic' to pass because you are late for your tanning appt, you are the problem, not the cyclist. Now please leave this conversation to actual cyclists and pay attention, you might learn something.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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