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A ride through Copenhagen, Denmark on a recumbent trike I used to store for sale. Gives you a sense of my daily rides around town.
current ride: 2010 Steintrike Nomad with Wildcat nose fairing https://picasaweb.google.com/jimm.pratt/NomadWildcat
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I live in Manchester which is a fairly big city and I live in the suburbs.
There is a canal running through my area and I find its towpaths very useful for avoiding traffic and for getting around the area.
There is also a river running not far awayMisty.jpg which I ride on fairly often and it is well used locally for walking dogs, riding horses and of course cycling.
There is pretty decent cycle provision in Manchester on some routes though there are some areas fairly lethal to cyclists still where I have yet to venture.
I had cause to ride into Manchester today and I went down one main route with no problems in the usual Saturday shopping traffic. There are cycle lanes down most of the route tho I had to filter into the middle lane on two occasions as the left lane filtered off to the left only and I was heading straight on.
Also there is a cycle lane at a major junction which cars have to cross over in order to turn left but I stay out of it and take the lane to the right instead until the lights where it just goes straight n.
There are good cycle paths on the pavement further on and where it ends at busy traffic lights its possible to cross over onto wide cycle paths on the opposite side.
This is useful in rush hour when its pretty daunting to be coming off the cycle path and back onto the road with loads of cars stopped at the red light.
I was never sure whether to just come off the path and carry on down the road or to wait until the lights changed green but now its easier just to cross.
But then I have to cross back over the road further on when the cycle land ends and its only pavement where its illegal to ride.
So in busy rush hour its sometimes just easier to get onto the road and carry on.
But mostly I just ride my bike wherever I go, running errands going to work or visiting my folks whatever, and also go on organised rides led by British Cycling trained ride leaders who take us on rides varying from 2/3 miles to 27 miles + on or off road which are great fun and saves riding alone.
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I think it important to be seen and able to see no matter what I look like. Hi viz wear is my preference and rear view mirrors were practical. I am trying out an helmet mirror I have just made, which surprisingly is very practical. I am relatively new to cycling and see the danger to cyclists much more than when I drove my car. It amazes me that some road bikers still choose not to take precautions. "See and be seen".
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WOW The video above is very cool .
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Oh boy....I can tell right now my answer is going to be weird.
I do not ride on roads, an acquaintance got wrapped in a truck wheel well after the truck ran him over, guess I'm paranoid. They couldn't find him after the accident..."where's the rider?"
I ride on dirt bike trails, of which there are many where I live. All year round, in snow, unless so deep I can't keep the wheels moving.
Could not agree more. I now wear hi visibility jersey and always wear a mirror. Some people say a mirror will not save you and by the time you see a drifting vehicle it's too late. Well, I was able to see a Van last summer weaving on highway and I could tell immediately it was time to get out of the way. The woman driving was drunk - told to me by a kind motorist who stopped when they saw me take half a digger in the gravel. They had been following her and called 911. I can easily say I would of been hit and probably mangled if not for my mirror. Here in Wisconsin I am lucky in one sense to have some great low traffic highways to ride but there are also drunks, uneducated drivers, texters like everywhere else to always keep an eye out for. Be defensive always!
I live in a rural/urban city with ample bike lanes and most of the streets are 25-35 MPH. There are many cross streets with street parking and for these I act as if I am a motorist. When I have a bike lane, ours are wide enough for 2 abreast, I ride in those. They are well kept and cleaned of debris often. It's a college town so the driving can be a bit hectic at time. If I'm on one of our more major roads without a bike lane, I ride the shoulder, which can be a bit treacherous.
If I'm at a stop sign or red light without a bike lane and there are already cars stopped ahead of me, I do NOT pass in the shoulder but simply wait in line like a motorist. While waiting, I make sure to make eye contact with the drivers around me, just so I know that they know I'm there. When turning right without having to stop, I put my left arm up in the air in a fist then motion to the right. The only thing that is tricky is navigating to a left turning lane. I try to plan my routes so as to maximize my use of right hand turns so that I can avoid crossing traffic lanes.
deputyjones, you should research your community and see if there are any bicycle safety rally rides. These are rides where sometimes over 100 cyclists get together and ride through town in an effort to spread awareness for "VC". They are typically fun events with the cyclists dressing up to a theme. Especially look for one around Halloween.
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As a kid I lived in a small urban sprawl housing development with back roads. I started biking rural roads in Western PA and trails through the woods on a mountain bike. In college I biked with a mountain bike to campus on paved trails. I mostly stuck to campus/trails/pathways around the small college town. In my mid twenties I moved to Denver where I put the Denver bar scene in far more importance than cycling. I never biked streets and mostly stuck to city bike trails. Then somebody stole my Cannondale mountain bike in downtown Denver one day. I then went cycleless for three years.
At the age of 30 I moved back home (well the city of Pittsburgh not the exurbs) and I bought my Cannondale Bad Boy. I figured it would be a bike for me, and I wanted to be one of those urban cyclist as at this time. At first I had to learn something I never really did before, and that is to safely bike city streets. I remember when I started I would do what I would never do now such as timidly riding as far over to the right in door zones and then getting squeezed in by cars going the same speed. I was to afraid to take lanes.
Now I am bold in my cycling. I route throughout the city everyday in 25 to 35 mile zones. There are other 45 MPH 2 lane arteries in the city. I tend to stay off these and use parallel routes. Pittsburgh has old, windy, narrow streets with lots of street parking. Building bike lanes is not as easy as some newer flat cities where bike lanes can be painted on the streets far easier. I ride using bike lanes, sharrow roads, and streets that run through neighborhoods with limited grid lock. I mostly take the lane while biking close to the speed limit on flat streets or down hill. I then will move over while going up hill. I stop at all red lights, cross walks for pedestrians, and signal. However, in a residential neighborhood I will treat a stop sign as a yield if no car is there. If a car is there I stop as if I am a car as well and let them go first. I try to cycle in sync with traffic. Going down main streets I take the lane, and accelerate at the same pace as the car ahead of me. My eyes always scanning the road anything. Even while going the same speed with traffic I will typically still get a guy behind me that feels that he has to get a head of me only because I am a bike. If I am doing the speed with traffic then I boldly take the middle and make squeezing me over into the door zone impossible. Pittsburgh built many bike trails along all the rivers in the last 10 years including finalizing the GAP to downtown. Although a few weekends through summer I would hop on this early enough at sun rise and do a century down past Connellsville and back I tend to stay off these trails. They get very crowded filled with the trail villains of riders who ride abreast, in the wrong lane, or weekend Sunday biker pace. The only trail I take anymore is one from the jail downtown to Oakland on weekday rides. I tend to like to bike with traffic instead as it is more intense and fun. Although I try my best to follow laws and rules that is not to say I have not had my run ins with angry drivers. That is a negative of urban cycling as to mountain/bike trail that I use to only do. I have had my countless experiences of a red pick up angry I was in front of him at a stop sign and try to run me off the road and more. But I sure will probably save these stories for another thread.
I cycle only for recreation and still have to commute by car to my office in the suburbs. I think my next cycle will be a good Cyclocross cycle for long rural rides, city commuting, parks, and our crappy winters we have here. Next year I would like to also purchase a mountain bike hardtail to take weekend rides out in the mountains, but will always be a urban cyclist every day on my badboy till I get old and move to the mountains for good.
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