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Old 04-09-11, 12:19 PM   #1
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Sad news in Atlanta

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http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/cyclist...it-904429.html

Really makes me reconsider taking up cycling in Atlanta.
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Old 04-09-11, 12:22 PM   #2
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It is.

That kind of thing can happen most anywhere, though.
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Old 04-09-11, 12:24 PM   #3
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Sad, but if that's your criteria, there aren't many places that you can cycle. That's like Rainman not wanting to fly because every airline (except for one!) has had an accident.
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Atlanta doesn't seem bike friendly at all. very little room on the side of roads for bikes, no bike lanes etc.
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Old 04-09-11, 01:06 PM   #5
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Yeah, if you don't cycle anywhere there's been a bicycle hit-and-run within 20 miles, you're probably limited to the middle of a desert somewhere.
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Old 04-09-11, 01:10 PM   #6
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I have to agree with the consensus here -- ride "at risk", or don't ride.

That said, the ATL area is best characterized, as I've said before, by Foxworthy: "driving in Atlanta...where merging is a PERSONAL CHALLENGE!" If you attempt to merge there, most likely you WILL encounter someone trying to speed up and cut you off! So if they do that to each other, you on a bike... well, you're a speed-bump.
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FYI: according to the news article this accident happened at 6:30 this morning. It was still full dark down here (maybe just starting to get light) and this morning at that hour there was patchy fog everywhere. Very poor riding conditions, even if he had lights. None of this excuses the driver from inattention, and especially from fleeing the scene. But we as riders really should be aware of weather conditions and decide if they are not good enough to be easily seen by drivers. I know some will disagree with me on this.

Parts of Atlanta are a bit more rider friendly than others, but it is far from ideal.
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Old 04-09-11, 03:10 PM   #8
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It depends on what you consider Atlanta. I ride in Alpharetta/canton which most people consider Atlanta and in my opinion it doesn't get much better. There are rolling country roads with nothing but great scenery and low traffic. There are always cyclist on the roads so drivers are typically friendly. I'm sure downtown is a different story if that is what you consider Atlanta i would agree. It is very unfriendly down there but this was in Cobb which is busy as well and I would not ride there.
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I'm SW of Atlanta. The weekends in this area are filled with folks from Atlanta coming down to ride. It's kind of annoying actually. Sucks about that guy, but it's gonna happen.
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I live in Hoschton and the riding is great! Although I got buzzed intentionally yesterday and someone honked/yelled/flipped me off today! Funny thing is the guy that flipped me off just moved in my neighborhood and I'm gonna have a little something to say to him. Hes a punk kid so thats too be expected. Oh well, people are jerks.
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Yeah, if you don't cycle anywhere there's been a bicycle hit-and-run within 20 miles, you're probably limited to the middle of a desert somewhere.
How about if there have been multiple hit and runs on your usual commute route? Does that count? Or how about if police have struck and killed a cyclist on your commute route? Both have occurred in my area. Can't change routes as these are the only streets through... unless you drive on one of the 3 parallel interstate freeways.
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Yeah, it must be Atlanta. The rest of America features safe roads and zero cycling fatalities.
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Yeah, it must be Atlanta. The rest of America features safe roads and zero cycling fatalities.
I never should have visited Atlanta back in the '80s. Some of it seems to have stuck to me and now I don't get to ride in the land of safe roads.
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. Very poor riding conditions,
Parts of Atlanta are a bit more rider friendly than others, but it is far from ideal.
You can look the information up 6:48 AM EDT civil twilight.

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Sad news...

http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/cyclist...it-904429.html

Really makes me reconsider taking up cycling in Atlanta.
While it is sad that the cyclist, your reaction is the kind of reaction that motorists who hate cyclists, dream about.

This is not how cycling equality can be maintained on the road.
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Did you read the part where the SUV driver came into the police station to file a report for hitting something? That's a crazy way to get caught!
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Driver was charged with first degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and (get this) an expired tag. I hope the charges stick.
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Did you read the part where the SUV driver came into the police station to file a report for hitting something? That's a crazy way to get caught!
Not to mention doing so with expired tags.
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FYI: according to the news article this accident happened at 6:30 this morning. It was still full dark down here (maybe just starting to get light) and this morning at that hour there was patchy fog everywhere. Very poor riding conditions, even if he had lights. None of this excuses the driver from inattention, and especially from fleeing the scene. But we as riders really should be aware of weather conditions and decide if they are not good enough to be easily seen by drivers. I know some will disagree with me on this.

Parts of Atlanta are a bit more rider friendly than others, but it is far from ideal.
Yeah, 40 minutes before Sunrise. I have lights and even I stay on the sidewalks that early until the sun is at least providing some dawn lighting. The lights I have are to be seen, not to see well, So I figure I ride slowly to avoid pot holes and debris. That's as fast as I can really go, about the speed of a casual cruising bike. In which case I'm making time and distance, but can ride the sidewalks because I'm not really going fast enough to be a threat to pedestrians on the sidewalk, if there are even any of them out that early. And that's the other thing too, when the sun rises and sets, there is a certain time when a car driver can be more blind than in the dark with no light. And that's when the car is driving into the sun. You'd be surprised at how many drivers just keep going when the sun is in their eyes, assuming they have right of way and that cross traffic will stop for them.
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Sad news...

http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/cyclist...it-904429.html

Really makes me reconsider taking up cycling in Atlanta.
Something tells me that getting arrested and looking at a "healthy" list of charges was the last thing that the driver expected.
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