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Old 09-28-07, 01:17 PM   #1
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When Caution Tape Attacks

I've learned about caution tape today. There is some construction going on near the side of the main road near where I live, and they've got all these barricades up right next to or partly in the bike lane (joy!).

The traffic on my left is going about 45 mph, and I'd say I was going about 25 when a gust blew some of the yellow caution tape that was suspended between the barricades. I believe it caught my right-hand brake lever which jerked my fork nice and hard to the side of the road causing the wheel to bounce. I suppose I instinctively jerked it to the left causing yet another bounce inside my little two feet of clearance (thanks to the barricades) between 45 mph passing traffic before the tape snapped, and I got my bike straight. I think I'm pretty lucky I didn't a) eat the pavement or b) get sucked under a vehicle.

Plus I outran the rain.

A good commute overall.

I hadn't thought about it at the time. . . half an hour ago, but I wonder if the tape actually pulled my rear brake, contributing to my bike flailing all over.

The bike lane has been usually usable since they started building, but it seems they change the layout of the barricades each time. I want to say the caution tape was a new addition today. I'm not sure why it's there. If the barricades don't signal to drivers that there's no road that way, I'm not sure what 1 1/2 inch caution tape will do.
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Old 09-28-07, 01:23 PM   #2
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Wow, you're lucky to be walking around! I'd say screw that bike lane; might need to either take the lane or find an alternate route.
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Old 09-28-07, 01:38 PM   #3
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they've got all these barricades up right next to or partly in the bike lane
If anything is partly in the BL for a stretch of road restricting its full use, stay fully out of it.

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Old 09-28-07, 01:59 PM   #4
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If anything is partly in the BL for a stretch of road restricting its full use, stay fully out of it.

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I'll take that advice, still learning.

It's funny how there's all these little decisions we make which might save a few seconds or a little effort but could possibly have significant consequences.

Like deciding to stay in that bike lane. The thought did cross my mind, but it was one of those "Oh, It'll only be a few seconds," type rationalizations.

It didn't take long for my train of thought to switch from that to "Hey, this could be my death!"
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I'll take that advice, still learning.
If you do it may be helpful to have a mirror and also before leaving the BL look back with turn of head, signal and ensure you have safe room to move out of bike lane.

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Now you know why it says CAUTION on that tape!
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Old 09-28-07, 02:31 PM   #7
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Oh yeah, I definitely make sure to check what's going on behind me before turning anywhere.
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Now you know why it says CAUTION on that tape!
Yes. I wish could have had some trail me the rest of the way home for a souvenir. I'll probably go back out and take a look. I can't wait until the new strip mall *sigh* is done so I can have a bike lane again.
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