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Old 09-26-08, 05:32 AM   #1
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Don't let your non-riding sig other see this

CBS golf analysts David Feherty is a 50+ rider who tells this cautionary tale with great wit, but does not gloss over his encounter with a pick up truck and trailer. Not for the faint of heart (and lung and elbow). From the Dallas publication D Magazine. Apologizes if it has already been posted.

http://tinyurl.com/3lnfjo
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Old 09-26-08, 07:44 AM   #2
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Oh, man. That s*cks for him. While I enjoyed his humor and agree with his advice for our elected officials, I feel for him. I hope he recovers and becomes an advocate for legislature changes to traffic laws. His experiences qualify him to scare the bejesus out of (or into) lawmakers.
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Thanks for the link. Great story.
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I hope he sued the driver.
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What an incredible article.......I'll have to make a point to catch up with Feherty when he is in town next Spring for our PGA tournament and get him out on the road with us. HOPEFULLY, we'll have an uneventful ride!!

Thanks for sharing!!
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Dallas riding is definitely the suck. I almost get hit every single time that I go out. Being on a bike in these parts is like being a snake in the road. Seems like everybody wants to take their turn trying to hit you. Definitely keeps you on your toes though, and taking the lane to discourage drivers from trying to squeeze you is about the only thing that consistently helps.

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I am visiting Evansville, Indiana right now as I write this and believe me it is that bad maybe even worse down here. It is a bit beyond scarey taking to the roads here. Chicago is sure more bike friendly than here.
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Dallas riding is definitely the suck. I almost get hit every single time that I go out. Being on a bike in these parts is like being a snake in the road. Seems like everybody wants to take their turn trying to hit you. Definitely keeps you on your toes though, and taking the lane to discourage drivers from trying to squeeze you is about the only thing that consistently helps.
I am really said to read this. I lived in Dallas when I got out of college, and started my "serious" adult cycling in Dallas way back in 1980. The article has this quote: "In the less than three years I have been cycling, I have endured shouted obscenities, been hit by a flying bottle, blown away by horns, spat on, and several times deliberately forced off the road by vehicles."

That was my experience in Dallas, too - sorry to hear it has not changed.

BTW, I left Dallas in 1981 and moved to Los Angeles -- despite increased traffic, I found it a much easier / better place to ride a bike, partly because there were a lot more bikes on the road, and I think drivers were more accustomed to seeing bikes.
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I just got back from spending six months flying an airplane in Afghanistan. My wife is more concerned about my safety, now, riding my bike than when I was flying around the Hindu Kush.

She knows the white line and six inches of broken pavement is not nearly enough. And so do I. Be safe. Or be as safe as you can given the idiots in dualies and extra wide trailers.
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We get a lot of riders from the DFW area that come 70-100 miles to ride our scenic hills with 2 lane roads. Now I know why.

BTW, Feherty has written some of the most hilarious books I've ever read.

"A Nasty Bit of Rough" had me laughing so hard I was crying most of the book. I hope he writes a follow-up for that one.

"Somewhere in Ireland, a Village is Missing an Idiot" is equally hilarious!
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A disturbing story well-told with humor, and I'm glad he's recovered. I wonder if wearing a mirror might have shown him how close the truck was and given him time to respond.
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BTW, I left Dallas in 1981 and moved to Los Angeles -- despite increased traffic, I found it a much easier / better place to ride a bike, partly because there were a lot more bikes on the road, and I think drivers were more accustomed to seeing bikes.
Except for 4 years of high school in nearby Huntington Beach, I spent my first 30 years in west Los Angeles. I got hit once in a left-cross by a motorist who simply did not see me, but otherwise my 100k km + experience was quite positive. I could always find good side streets, and motorists were generally quite tolerant. My experience in north coastal San Diego County, my home for the past 27 years, has also been good, although I miss the old-school interconnected grid of lower-speed residential streets and do not like always been funneled onto fast prime arterials if I need to cover any appreciable distance. I know I am over-generalizing, but I have read some downright disturbing things about cycling in Florida, Texas, and a few other states.
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