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    Anti bicyclist article?

    http://www.thepbj.com/story.cfm?ID=10469

    Bicycling doesnít top list of my favorite activities

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    The Colorado Department of Transportation issued a warning last week that drivers of internal combustion machines (i.e. cars, trucks, hulking SUVs, etc.) should be on the lookout for riders of muscled-powered vehicles (i.e. bicycles).

    Seems that with the onset of spring, bicyclists become more prominent on the roadways. CDOT also was reminding cyclists that they play by the same rules of the road as gasoline and diesel consumers, and can be penalized for breaking those rules (of course you never see a peace officer stop a cyclists for running a red light or failing to maintain a minimum speed or passing on the right or anything else for that matter ó not that Iím bitter).

    The following are CDOTís tips for bicyclists:


    Ride on the right and never ride against traffic (and I would add: stay out of the way of traffic, because those of us in hulking SUVs like driving really fast and can become quite agitated when we have to slow down become some health-nut on a bicycle thinks he or she is just as much entitled to the road as we are ó I know, I should probably add this to the list of issues to discuss with my therapist).
    Ride single file (which it seems is all too often too difficult of a concept for a group of cyclists to grasp).
    Obey traffic laws, signs and signals (unless of course that would slow you down or inconvenience you, because after all, laws only apply to the mean-old-motoring, carbon-monoxide-producing, killing-the-planet-by-burning-fossil-fuels public).
    Use a headlight, taillight and reflectors at night (better yet, stay off the roads at night, itís safer for everyone).
    Make eye contact with drivers (that way you can tell when weíre about to explode with road rage).
    Always wear a helmet (which I never did as a child, which might help to explain some of my issues).


    Motorists also get their own share of tips:


    Scan for pedestrians and bicyclists (not if it cuts into my cell-phone-talking time; Iím an important person who simply canít be out of touch).
    Look for bicyclists and pedestrians before making a right-hand turn (good to know that we motorists are exempt from looking for non-motorists when making a left-hand turn).
    Take extra care when exiting alleys and driveways (because bicyclists and pedestrians often donít ďobey traffic laws, signs and signalsĒ).
    Be patient and wait to pass until it is safe (for whom, the cyclist or the motorist?).
    When passing, allow at least three feet between your vehicle and the bicycle (even if you have to block another lane of traffic because the cyclists are refusing to ride single file).

    CDOT also has a list of 20 tips for folks who either do or want to cycle to work. Here are some of the highlights:


    Remember to smile as you bicycle past the rows of cars waiting at the intersection ó itís just polite (doesnít this seem to contradict the whole play by the same rules as motorists thing?).
    Most people donít need to shower after a morning commute (because healthy people donít sweat, right?).
    Your skull is only about as thick as a dinner plate and about as fragile. Consider wearing a helmet whenever you ride (because most peopleís hair is perfect enough that they donít have to worry about ďhelmet headĒ).
    Motorists are accustomed to watching for large vehicles. Make you and your bike look big by wearing as much reflective clothing as possible (which of course wonít in any way, shape or form cause any undo distractions).
    Ride in a straight line. Riding predictably makes you more visible to motorists. Itís also easier for a motor vehicle to pass when youíre riding in a straight line. Donít weave in and out of parked cars ó you may disappear from motoristsí sight and get squeezed out or clipped when you need to merge back into traffic (you also might be breaking some of those laws of the road that youíre technically supposed to be following).
    Riding one-handed can be dangerous. Resist eating your morning bagel until you get to work (or talking on a cell phone ó if you were that important, you wouldnít be riding a bike).
    Protect your manicured tootsies. Wear full-coverage shoes instead of sandals when you ride (I donít even want to think about whether some of the cyclists Iíve seen drop big bucks for pedicures ó scary).
    As long as Iím on the topic of exercise and healthy living, I might as well mention a friend of mine who is taking it to the extreme.


    Stephen Wheat, who works as a military analyst for BAE Systems, has managed to snag a place in the New York City Marathon.

    Stephen spent more than 20 years in the Army and started running competitively in 1998. His first race was the Vietnam Veteransí Memorial 10K in Washington, D.C.

    Heíll be raising money for Team for Kids, which works to prevent childhood obesity by providing fitness programs for 25,000 children who otherwise would have little or no access to physical education.

    If youíd like to make a donation (which I can assure you is a heck of a lot easier than running 26.2 miles) visit www.nyrrc.org/cgi-bin/start.cgi/mar-programs/nyrrf/team/2007/donations.htm and when prompted enter registration number 116812 and Wheat.

    Guess Iím lucky he didnít decide to enter a cycling competition ó my hypocrisy does know some bounds.

    Mike Boyd is editor of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at Mike.Boyd@csbj.com or 329-5202.
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    Wow, that guy's a self-righteous @sshole...

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    I think we should be entitled to the same rights as vehicles but I dont think we should always have to obey the laws vehicles do...as a cyclist I should rarely have to wait to make a right turn or to stop at all the lights if its safe for me to pass.

    My reason being that bikes are human powered...and humans have less potential energy than a car does...so once we've built up our kinetic energy by making us obey the rules that cars do we waste alot of our kinetic energy in braking turning it into thermal energy which can lead to overheating. Its alot more stressful on our body to have to "start all over again" esp. those with heavy mtb's. Besides...its a health hazard to force us to sit at traffic lights that we can pass because bikes dont come with windows and the fumes are absolutely ridiculous. If your nostrils are burning and you have a headache its just going to make ppl go back to cars.

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    Whether or not the article was meant tongue-in-cheek, that guy's a jerk. If I were working in a bicycle-related business in Colorado Springs, I'd be pretty steamed right about now.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb
    Whether or not the article was meant tongue-in-cheek, that guy's a jerk. If I were working in a bicycle-related business in Colorado Springs, I'd be pretty steamed right about now.
    I am glad he gave his email and phone number out. I hope people use their first admendment rights
    To address his disdain and lack of concern for people riding bicycles.
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    That is beautifly biting sarcastic self depreciating humor. The writer is brilliant! I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    That is beautifly biting sarcastic self depreciating humor. The writer is brilliant! I love it.
    It might be, but I believe this has no place in the media. Taking a warning issued by the Government and making fun of it is not acceptable.
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    Plueeze! Go read some of Mike Royko's old columns.

    Often the best way to get the message out is through humor. Do you have any idea how dry government safety warnings are?

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    Still I think it sends the wrong message and the guys conveys hate and contempt for bikers, even if in a stupid joke. People can take this all different ways and most people wouldn't even read the whole article

    This guy is anti-biker

    [edit] Oh and I agree that we should get the same rights on the road as cars PLUS leniency on road rules where the violation doesn't endanger anyone

    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    Plueeze! Go read some of Mike Royko's old columns.

    Often the best way to get the message out is through humor. Do you have any idea how dry government safety warnings are?

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    So, then you don't really want to be treated equally, right? You want to be special. What about the stunod fred that rides against traffic, is he special too?

    Funny, you seemed to miss the most important part of the piece... His friend running the NY marathon and the fund raising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    So, then you don't really want to be treated equally, right? You want to be special. What about the stunod fred that rides against traffic, is he special too?

    Funny, you seemed to miss the most important part of the piece... His friend running the NY marathon and the fund raising.
    u talkin bout me? I gave good reasons for why we shouldnt be susceptible to start/stop traffic/stop signs, parking lot traffic laws and etc. We're not cars and we shouldnt have to act like we are...roads are not made for cars their made to facilitate transport of people and goods....anything/anyone can use a road....YES we are traffic, YES share the road, NO we are not cars.

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    exactly, I do not want to be treated equally
    I want to be treated better

    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    So, then you don't really want to be treated equally, right? You want to be special. What about the stunod fred that rides against traffic, is he special too?

    Funny, you seemed to miss the most important part of the piece... His friend running the NY marathon and the fund raising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WishYouWasMe
    u talkin bout me? I gave good reasons for why we shouldnt be susceptible to start/stop traffic/stop signs, parking lot traffic laws and etc. We're not cars and we shouldnt have to act like we are...roads are not made for cars their made to facilitate transport of people and goods....anything/anyone can use a road....YES we are traffic, YES share the road, NO we are not cars.
    Gee, ya think?

    Do you ride agains traffic to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    That is beautifly biting sarcastic self depreciating humor. The writer is brilliant! I love it.
    Yep, that's a good read. This guy may not like bikes or cyclists, but this article is definately not anti-cyclist.

    Hell, he takes more digs at cell phone talking, gas guzzling SUV drivers than cyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WishYouWasMe
    I think we should be entitled to the same rights as vehicles but I dont think we should always have to obey the laws vehicles do...as a cyclist I should rarely have to wait to make a right turn or to stop at all the lights if its safe for me to pass.

    My reason being that bikes are human powered...and humans have less potential energy than a car does...so once we've built up our kinetic energy by making us obey the rules that cars do we waste alot of our kinetic energy in braking turning it into thermal energy which can lead to overheating. Its alot more stressful on our body to have to "start all over again" esp. those with heavy mtb's. Besides...its a health hazard to force us to sit at traffic lights that we can pass because bikes dont come with windows and the fumes are absolutely ridiculous. If your nostrils are burning and you have a headache its just going to make ppl go back to cars.

    Well, hell, you can apply that same (idiotic) logic to cars. I mean... if cars didn't have to stop at every light and stop sign, they would use a hell of a lot less gas because they wouldn't have to "start all over again", esp. with those heavy SUVs.

    I mean sheesh... what moron put standard traffic laws and sharing the road concepts into play, anyway. We should all get the hell out of your way until you've made it to your destination. Then the rest of us lesser beings can get back out on the road.

    No... I don't wish I was you. It sounds like you lead a sad life in your illogical, me-centric world.
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    I couldn't decide whether to laugh or get annoyed. *shrugs*
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I wouldn't bother getting annoyed. Perhaps he needs to relocate to the antithesis of colorado springs, boulder.

    If you want to be treated as an equal road user a cyclist needs to follow the same rules. Though I am a hypocrite due to the fact I roll stop most stop signs when no cars are present. Ah well. At least I ride predictably.

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    I hope that I don't see any bad result from peoples misunderstanding this articles cause I live there

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie
    I couldn't decide whether to laugh or get annoyed. *shrugs*
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I wouldn't bother getting annoyed. Perhaps he needs to relocate to the antithesis of colorado springs, boulder.

    If you want to be treated as an equal road user a cyclist needs to follow the same rules. Though I am a hypocrite due to the fact I roll stop most stop signs when no cars are present. Ah well. At least I ride predictably.
    No you're not. We have a 4-way down the way that people in cars rollstop thru when there are other cars there too.

    Roll stops and light jumping on a bike, no problem. Blasting thru balls out, big problem.

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    All I saw there was just a giant display of sarcasm and smartassery.

    Yeah he has a chip on his shoulder, but it seems he's just mocking everyone (drivers included).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    That is beautifly biting sarcastic self depreciating humor. The writer is brilliant! I love it.
    +1

    It's satire at it's finest. He also poked fun at cars. Seems like that was lost on most of the forumites who read it.

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    in some areas he seems like an ass but in others he is actually just poking fun at the rules the state has put out and contradict themselves. and in some he is actually making fun of himself. I don't think he's trying to be the moron he appears to be.

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    After reading this article I have to say, it looks like this guy is taking shots at everybody, not just cyclists...

    Sounds like he has equal hate for everyone!

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