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    Who here hates the Brooklyn Bridge?

    Last night I was heading over the Brooklyn Bridge. I'm going around 10-15 mph on the descent, when I see two people - one male one female - on opposite ends of the path (I might add that the female was standing in the bike lane, but whatever). As I'm approaching they both look at me, I look at them. The male starts to walk over to the female so I reach for the brake. He looks at me again and stops. I figure I'm in the clear so I continue without braking. At this point, the female looks at me, and RUNS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF ME. I brake as hard as I can and I think I may have tapped the back of her foot with my front wheel. I ask her if she's alright and she starts yelling in spanish. This guy who saw the whole thing looks at her and shouts, "You could get killed doing that!"

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    Nice... the worst are the tourist families who walk side by side, blocking the whole path.

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    I don't hate the bridge... I LOVE the bridge. There ought to be a fenced area to keep tourists in, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenrobot
    I don't hate the bridge... I LOVE the bridge. There ought to be a fenced area to keep tourists in, though...
    That would be awesome...then I'd be able to go faster than 2mph!

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    A separation for bikes or for peds would be very utilitarian. Subways used to run above the roadways, so it can be done. Friday night I came across on it and the same thing happened. But this woman tourist was standing ON the painted bike stencil. All I could get out was "Bikelane?"

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    You have to have a bell and ring it like crazy all the way down. An air horn would be much better or a police man whistle. Otherwise, you'll have to travel at about 5 mph because the bridge is so tight and full of tourists.

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    I just scream, "COMING THROUGH, EMERGENCY, COMING THROUGH!" non-stop. It seems to work, the louder you yell the better.

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    I'm a big fan of BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! You have to sort of bark it at them, but it definitely gets them moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenrobot
    I don't hate the bridge... I LOVE the bridge. There ought to be a fenced area to keep tourists in, though...

    Yah, I love the bridge too! I ride the Triboro a lot--oh, I pray that I'd have room for a near collision with two abreast instead of with dudes riding their illegal mini-bikes on a three-foot wide path, or clip someone with my front tire instead of riding through minefields of glass shards praying the whole time. Once at dusk there I ran into a futon mattress blocking the entire path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenrobot
    I'm a big fan of BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! You have to sort of bark it at them, but it definitely gets them moving.
    I'd think you were a dog.
    Heh, seriously. What about a profanity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharnabazos
    Yah, I love the bridge too! I ride the Triboro a lot--oh, I pray that I'd have room for a near collision with two abreast instead of with dudes riding their illegal mini-bikes on a three-foot wide path, or clip someone with my front tire instead of riding through minefields of glass shards praying the whole time. Once at dusk there I ran into a futon mattress blocking the entire path.
    What do you do when someone's coming the opposite way??

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    What do you do when someone's coming the opposite way??
    Those two guys on minibikes were the only two people on bikes I've seen up there. I got off and sucked in my gut. I've squeaked past a couple Randall's island escapees on foot and ridden behind a couple of old coots going the same way. You hafta haul the bike up some steps a couple times so you can pass there. Anyhow it's more like five feet in most parts. It's a horrible bridge-the Queensboro is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenrobot
    I'm a big fan of BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! BIKE! You have to sort of bark it at them, but it definitely gets them moving.
    I do the same with good results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    I'd think you were a dog.
    Heh, seriously. What about a profanity?
    I tried profanity... it made them look, but it didn't make them move.


    I too love the Triboro - I've only ridden it once, but at that time it seemed like an awful lot of sections of "pavement" consisted of plywood nailed down over apparent gaping holes... Is it still that way?

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    What the hell.. are you serious about the randalls island escapees??

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    I think I'm going to start slowing creeping up behind those groups of tourists who walk side-by-side blocking the whole path. When I'm right behind them, I'm going to start ringing my bell frantically while shouting and cursing. Evil? Perhaps.

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    air horn?

    bk

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennyk
    air horn?

    bk

    I think you guys all need to get one of these and attach them to your stems....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharnabazos
    I think you guys all need to get one of these and attach them to your stems....
    I can't tell what that is...

    cattle prod?

    flamethrower?

    both are good options.

    I wonder if there's a good way to mount one of
    these to my bars...

    bk

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    I've done a lot of shouting on that bridge which is why, despite the incredibly convoluted access routes to the bike path, I've been taking the Manhattan Bridge. It's (in theory) an exclusive bike path, although there are occasional pedestrians.

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    I have heard and read the manhattan bridge has terrible seams. is it as bad as all that?
    bk

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennyk
    I have heard and read the manhattan bridge has terrible seams. is it as bad as all that?
    bk

    Nah. . . I take the Manhattan all the time, unless it's 6 in the morning and NO ONE is on the BB. Anyway, the seams are fine. If I recall corecctly there are like 6-8 grouped in pairs and you really only hit at most 4 at speed (not really going incredibly fast on the way up). All in all, they're not a big problem, and def. easy to bunny-hop. But if yo udon't want to hit any seams, don't EVER bother with the Williamsburg Bridge. I did it once, and it sucked. . . big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennyk
    I can't tell what that is...

    cattle prod?

    flamethrower?

    both are good options.

    I wonder if there's a good way to mount one of
    these to my bars...

    bk
    It's a probe...

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    "out of my way before I give you a colonoscopy!"

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    The dedicated bike path on the manhattan (on the north side) has seems every 10 or 20 feet that could have been more carefully filled. But it is the nicest surface / ped count route to ride. IMHO.
    BIKE BIKE BIKE or ON A BIKE really quick works for me, also LOOK UP LOOK UP roles off the tongue very nicely.

    BTW NYC friends, the February 14 (CM Feb. 25th) are being arraigned tomorrow.

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