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Forum: Advocacy & Safety 04-21-16, 11:38 AM
Replies: 593
Views: 57,506
Posted By jputnam
As FHWA's research has shown, even...

As FHWA's research has shown, even properly-installed trail bollards are more of a hazard to cyclists than the traffic they prevent. CROW reports the same is true in the Netherlands, where the...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 03-26-15, 11:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,829
Posted By jputnam
Especially if you expected the signal to work, so...

Especially if you expected the signal to work, so you're sitting in the left turn lane, traffic going by to either side of you, and the nearest crosswalk button is 30 feet away.
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 03-26-15, 11:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,829
Posted By jputnam
Because walking slowly, against the light,...

Because walking slowly, against the light, through busy lanes of traffic increases the risk of getting hit.

If you're ever forced to cross multiple lanes of 40 mph traffic, you'd better do it...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 03-25-15, 09:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,829
Posted By jputnam
So my 13 year old should be stuck in a...

So my 13 year old should be stuck in a left-turn-only lane and have to run across conflicting lanes of traffic to get to a button?

How is running through traffic safer than bicycling through the...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 03-08-15, 01:33 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,614
Posted By jputnam
One of the most bogus transportation statistics...

One of the most bogus transportation statistics out there -- it assumes all bicycling is recreational, and no driving is recreational.

In the real world, we know millions of people routinely...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 03-05-15, 10:46 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,614
Posted By jputnam
True, but there are minimum standards for sight...

True, but there are minimum standards for sight distances in travel lanes, unlike bike lanes and sidewalks. The farther you are from the travel lane, the less likely a driver will be looking for...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 03-04-15, 11:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,829
Posted By jputnam
Just a quick update, the bill to allow cyclists...

Just a quick update, the bill to allow cyclists to proceed through a defective red light when safe to do so has passed in the state Senate, it's now up to the House.
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 03-04-15, 11:50 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,614
Posted By jputnam
If it's shared with pedestrians, it's not a bike...

If it's shared with pedestrians, it's not a bike path, but it might be a multi-use path.

If it has driveway intersections that lack proper sight distances and turning radii, then it's not a path,...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 02-24-15, 09:31 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 57,506
Posted By jputnam
On my way to work this morning, reported some...

On my way to work this morning, reported some bollards that had been painted dark brown, probably part of a graffiti coverup, leaving them a real threat in poor lighting conditions.
...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 02-21-15, 11:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,652
Posted By jputnam
Test bicycles have been built with added...

Test bicycles have been built with added counter-rotating wheels to eliminate gyroscopic forces. They're still stable.

Researchers explain why bicycles balance themselves | Cornell Chronicle...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 02-20-15, 10:11 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 5,172
Posted By jputnam
Having sold commercial insurance in the past,...

Having sold commercial insurance in the past, I've never encountered a policy that excluded premises liability for bicyclists in drive-thrus. Doesn't mean they don't exist, but I won't believe they...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 02-20-15, 11:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 703
Posted By jputnam
To your question of apples or oranges, let me say...

To your question of apples or oranges, let me say watermelons.

I've always liked the aesthetics of 4-cross, with spokes perfectly tangent to the hub flange. If "cool" means what everyone else...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 02-20-15, 11:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,784
Posted By jputnam
Just as important, in my opinion, is the related...

Just as important, in my opinion, is the related move to remind people that drivers, not cars, cause collisions.

"The car struck a pedestrian" makes it sound like the car was doing it on its...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 02-15-15, 04:38 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,087
Posted By jputnam
Standard homeowners personal liability protection...

Standard homeowners personal liability protection in the U.S. is not limited to the insured premises, it covers the named insured(s) world-wide. Coverage for negligence while bicycling is not an...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 02-08-15, 11:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 671
Posted By jputnam
Not knowing the gloves, what fabric are they made...

Not knowing the gloves, what fabric are they made from? Anything with lycra limits the range of cleaning methods quite a bit.

My summer gloves, I just throw in the washing machine.

That's hard...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 02-07-15, 09:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,829
Posted By jputnam
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8387/8510880384_61f...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8387/8510880384_61fc8855a8_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/dY5udY)
Bicycle Detector Pavement Marking for traffic signals, MUTCD Fig. 9C-7 (https://flic.kr/p/dY5udY) by...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 02-07-15, 09:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,829
Posted By jputnam
Washington State cyclists - where do you hit red lights that won't change for bikes?

Questions aimed at people in Washington State:


Where do you hit red lights that won't change for bicycles?

How frequently do you run into lights that won't change for bikes?

When you...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 01-31-15, 05:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,697
Posted By jputnam
These are fine by themselves for the winter, at...

These are fine by themselves for the winter, at least in the Seattle area where "winter" is rarely below the upper 20s.
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 01-31-15, 05:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,697
Posted By jputnam
Dark helmets are a great place for reflective...

Dark helmets are a great place for reflective tape.

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6116/6313505367_051efa3823.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/aBUnbP)
Conspicuity 3 (https://flic.kr/p/aBUnbP) by...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 01-31-15, 02:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 693
Posted By jputnam
My Jandd seat bag lasted about 30 years of hard...

My Jandd seat bag lasted about 30 years of hard use. When it finally wore out they had discontinued the model so I replaced it with something else, but can't complain about the durability.

My...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 01-31-15, 01:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,697
Posted By jputnam
One other thought, your bike and your legs are...

One other thought, your bike and your legs are probably a better place to focus for reflective conspicuity at close range, in city conditions. Your upper body is often above the cutoff of the...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 01-31-15, 01:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,697
Posted By jputnam
Find a shirt you like and add the reflective trim...

Find a shirt you like and add the reflective trim yourself. It's simple and easy to do.

One off-the-shelf solution is Lightweights Power Reflectors...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 01-13-15, 03:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,274
Posted By jputnam
Any time I make a significant change in gear, I...

Any time I make a significant change in gear, I set my little pocket camera up on interval mode on a safe stretch of trail and ride back and forth a good distance away, with and without flash, to...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 01-13-15, 03:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,274
Posted By jputnam
Those gloves are a heavy polyester fabric, but...

Those gloves are a heavy polyester fabric, but I've also used the same reflectors on lightweight poly jersey mesh, polyurethane-coated rain gear, leather shoes, and poly/lycra winter tights, all with...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 01-03-15, 03:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,274
Posted By jputnam
If you want something larger than the...

If you want something larger than the Lightweights Power Reflectors pieces that I used on my gloves, they also sell it by the roll,
Lightweights Flex Tape...
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