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    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...
  2. 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.
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    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,...
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    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.
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  5. 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...
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    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...
  7. 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...
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    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...
  9. 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...
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    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...
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    Bicycle Detector Pavement Marking for traffic signals, MUTCD Fig. 9C-7 by joshua_putnam, on Flickr
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  12. 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...
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    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.
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    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
    Conspicuity 3 by joshua_putnam, on Flickr
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    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...
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    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...
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    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, which are die-cut pieces of...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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

    It's an industrial-grade 3M reflective...
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    Good point. Yellow is almost as intense as...

    Good point. Yellow is almost as intense as white/silver, red is greatly reduced. For example, 3M gives the following coefficients for its diamond-grade reflective tape:

    White 580
    Yellow 435 ...
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    For reflective additions to gloves, Lightweights...

    For reflective additions to gloves, Lightweights Power Reflectors are iron-on reflective trim pieces that hold up very well in my experience, and are very bright.
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    When they're visible, pedal reflectors are...

    When they're visible, pedal reflectors are ideally positioned to capture headlight beams (low beam headlights are required to have a top cutoff on the beam pattern that means rear reflectors located...
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    The pedestrian you're approaching isn't in a...

    The pedestrian you're approaching isn't in a conversation with you, and is probably thinking about something else.

    If you say "On your left" at a normal speaking cadence, it takes time for them to...
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    I use mustache bars with a Nexus thumb shifter...

    I use mustache bars with a Nexus thumb shifter instead of the twist shifter. Over 30,000 trouble-free miles so far.

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7086/7370808234_3b5654e87e.jpgBehind Bars II by...
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