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    Cycling affecting your driving?

    Because I commute by bike and I also tend more and more to bike if I am by myself and I am not going that far I am driving less and less. I find that when I do drive my driving style is affected by my cycling. For instance I find myself slowing down for reds a longer distance than I used to and I sometimes go through orange lights that I wouldn't have tried to make before. Do you find your cycling affecting your driving?

    p.s. If you ride your bike exactly like you drive your car and observe all traffic laws, I respect that but obviously this thread is not directed towards you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroadSTPhilly View Post
    Because I commute by bike and I also tend more and more to bike if I am by myself and I am not going that far I am driving less and less. I find that when I do drive my driving style is affected by my cycling. For instance I find myself slowing down for reds a longer distance than I used to and I sometimes go through orange lights that I wouldn't have tried to make before. Do you find your cycling affecting your driving?

    p.s. If you ride your bike exactly like you drive your car and observe all traffic laws, I respect that but obviously this thread is not directed towards you.
    I find myself being more "Cycle Aware" and looking out for fellow Cyclocommuters..

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    I am more careful when I drive, more aware. I feel like people drive the same whether I am in a car or on a bike, poorly.

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    Well, since I don't drive daily anymore I tend to be less accurate with my lines and I tend to take more safer turns... I used to be able to drive within centimeters of another car comfortably... oh well.

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    I lean into my turns.

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    I had already stopped driving on anything like a daily basis for nearly a year before I started riding again. Over time, the wide use of automobiles as the basic form of transportation seemed to make less and less sense. Also, I began to see enough alternatives so that I could drop it.

    As I started riding again, though, I really started to consider even more deeply the implications of the automobile in our lives, and to realize that the cost of their use runs far deeper than most of us consider for very long (the truth is ugly).

    I was never a crazy kind of driver anyway, so now when I do (very infrequently) drive, there's not much change. What is different, however, is that now when I drive I feel selfish and petty, wasteful, and stupidly arrogant.

    I don't like the feeling.

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    There's not as much effect when you take your date out to a nice dinner on a hook-on bike as opposed to a car.

    Car's here to stay..

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    There have been a couple things I have noticed. I am much better to anticipate the dumb things people might do. I have also caught myself almost making left turns against the lights. My bike usually does not trigger the signals. Then there is that speeding thing. When on the bike I usually try to go as fast as I can. Not a good idea in a car....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowGray View Post
    There's not as much effect when you take your date out to a nice dinner on a hook-on bike as opposed to a car.

    Car's here to stay..
    Kinda' makes you wonder how we ever got along without them, doesn't it?

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    My only motor vehicle is a scooter (limited speed motorcycle?) and let me tell you, starting to bike to work everyday has REALLY changed my driving . I feel a lot more comfortable going through turns knowing that I really _can_ do that angle on my weedy little road tires. I'm thankful for the giant mirrors that let me see behind me (need a different mirror for my bike...) really easily. And finally, I wish I had a leopard print seat cover for my bike

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    I stopped doing the fast paced, left lane, high stress driving since I started biking. It's just not worth it anymore. Now I cruise at the speed limit in the right hand lane like some old, retired dude from Florida. Thankfully I haven't gotten to the point where I leave my blinker on all the time.

    I'm just not in as much of a hurry to get anywhere anymore.

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    I find I have to recalibrate my sense of speed when I drive now. I'm getting so used to seeing the road and reacting at <20 mph that when I'm going 50-60 mph things are upon me much faster. And ditto on assuming the left turn arrow isn't going to flip.

    BTW the hook on bike can make an excellent impression - just gotta pick the right person! When I lived in China years ago my then boyfriend picked me up for dates on his bike all the time (I rode sidesaddle on the rear rack, which was SOP - never so much as snagged my stockings).

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    I get really, REALLY frustrated with having to sit in traffic instead of zipping past the bottlenecks (My main bike route completely bypasses the Glenmore Causeway, which can be a nightmare of backed-up traffic at times). And when I drive, I always find myself resenting the hassle of parking.

    I haven't tried turning onto the bike path in the car yet, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizzz111 View Post
    I stopped doing the fast paced, left lane, high stress driving since I started biking. It's just not worth it anymore. Now I cruise at the speed limit in the right hand lane like some old, retired dude from Florida. Thankfully I haven't gotten to the point where I leave my blinker on all the time.

    I'm just not in as much of a hurry to get anywhere anymore.
    I am with you, biking everyday has taught me to slow the pace down a bit so when I drove down to VT I was in the slow lane most of the time. This is better for gas mileage anyway.

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    I've always hated traffic. I still drive just as decisively as I ever did.

    Maybe the only difference is that I've found myself taking the same route home from work, which throws me for a loop because, by bike, I take a shortcut through a park -- and I certainly can't go that way by car.

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    I try to time the lights now instead of dragracing from red light to red light. When you're on a bike, especially if you ride a fixed gear in the city, you start thinking about the most efficient way of getting through town. Just a nice mellow cruise, stay off the brakes, light on the gas, easy man.

    And my Spidey-sense for stupid maneuvers by other drivers is way heightened.
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    I go slow in the car now too. It's amazing how little you really ever NEED to be somewhere fast. I get bored in the car, though, so that's a problem. When I'm biking, I can clear my head...when I'm driving, I somehow wind up trying to do something else like talk on the phone or something.

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    My wife yelled at me the other day, she said I "mosey" along more now. I'm not in such a hurry to get any where anymore.
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    Definitely slower, more aware of cyclists...also feels weird to be in a car after riding for long. I feel lower and really bulky and unwieldy...

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    First all, I have not considered myself too crazy in my years before cycling, but I have become more aware and conscience of what it means to drive responsibly. Many of these observations come from what I have observed bicycle commuting. Here's my list...

    • I respect speed limits, especially in residential areas. God help the motorists that speeds down a street and kills a child while I'm around.
    • I keep an eye on motorists when they're around cyclists. I will back up the cyclist if trouble occurs regardless of who's at fault. (get plate number, be a witness, render assistance, etc.)
    • I come to a complete stop at 4 way stop sign controlled intersections and I "understand" right-of-way law.
    • I don't stop on the crosswalk when at an intersection.
    • I absolutely will not talk on a phone when driving (hands free or not).
    • If I park where there's a bike lane (a rarity) I actually look in the mirrors and over my shoulder before opening the door.
    • I feel weakened in a vehicle.
    • I don't use drive-thrus. Something just bothers me about the laziness.
    • I yield to peds at crosswalks and intersections.
    • I feel bad when peds run across a crosswalk as if submissive to motorists. Goes to show you the fear peds have with the nutcases on the roads. Peds, or cyclists for that matter, are not wasting my time if I have to wait for them.
    • I park my car and walk to the mailbox - not cross over to the opposite side of the street, roll down the window to get the mail then do some stupid backup maneuver to park in the driveway 30 feet away.
    • Oh, and I lean into my turns too.

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    Riding impacts my driving too. I:

    1. Am more careful in general, and look farther ahead, and try to anticipate other motorists actions more.
    2. Lean into my turns too.
    3. Have faster reaction times to things like green-lights than I used to. I want to GO!
    4. Play with the radio and temperature controls less than I used to.
    5. More concientious about kicking up dust on gravel roads for other cars, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.



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    I've found it extremely difficult to bunny hop my mom's accord. Perhaps I should try clipless gas/brake pedals.

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    I point at pot holes to warn the driver behind me.

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    going over 70km/h seems like warp speed.
    I actually go at the speed limits.
    I don't *** it when the lights change, since I know the next light is going to be red unless I do 80km/h on city streets, but reaction time from brake to gas is much faster.

    You realize that there's no need to hurry to the next red light.
    You wish you were on the bike that just passed you.
    Seriously, when are we going to get a computer controlled rolling green light system...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bizzz111 View Post
    I stopped doing the fast paced, left lane, high stress driving since I started biking. It's just not worth it anymore. Now I cruise at the speed limit in the right hand lane like some old, retired dude from Florida. Thankfully I haven't gotten to the point where I leave my blinker on all the time.

    I'm just not in as much of a hurry to get anywhere anymore.
    Ditto...I have also sought out alternate forms of long distance transportation. I HAD been commuting home on weekends (430 miles round trip) Now I ride Amtrak it is faster, cheaper and much more relaxing! I can kick back and have a beer or two and snooze off with no worries.

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