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Old 01-11-06, 12:51 PM   #1
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Protecting your fellow BF riders

so I had to go into jersey today for work and took a car home last night (i know i know, ***** cars, and its an SUV no less). So I'm drivin up 1st Ave this morning, just minding my own business, enjoying slowly chillin in the left lane lookin at all the bikers (a few beauties this morning, one british racing green fixie with mustache bars and a brown leather saddle) while people blaze past in the other lanes, and as I'm comin up into the mid 20's, what do I see but a great white bag in front of me. "hmmm, that bag looks familiar", I thought to myself. The last time I remembered seeing such a bag was was but a few weeks ago after a heated (yet interupted) game of connect 4 (or connect 6 depending on how I was beating). Sure enough, as I get closer the person riding turns around and bam! its s_9. So I dropped back a lil' and played buffer for a few blocks before finally turning off and leaving him on his merry way (all the time I was jealous that I was in big metal box and not on a bike).
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Old 01-11-06, 01:14 PM   #2
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u shoulda offered him a skitch.
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Old 01-11-06, 01:24 PM   #3
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haha true. whenever i drive i get so paranoid about bikes, especially when i'm driving something like a cargo van or a moving truck. i also get amazingly frustrated in the city thinking about how much nicer/faster it would be to be on a bike.

when i traveled up to boston in october i rented a car and requested an economy car. of course we show up to pick up the car and all they have is an SUV. they tell me they'll give it to me for the cost of an economy and act like i should be stoked. man, i felt like such an ass driving that thing around, like every move i made was offensive and people justifiably hated me. pulling in to providence to meet Chris from Circle A and get sized while driving the SUV was extra painful.
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all they have is an SUV. they tell me they'll give it to me for the cost of an economy and act like i should be stoked.
ha ha...i think that's pretty funny. "what? why don't you want an SUV? they're cooooool...."
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I run blocker whenever I encounter longboarders out on the streets when I'm driving. Some people get really angry, but I'd rather have them run into my car than run over the skaters.
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we show up to pick up the car and all they have is an SUV. they tell me they'll give it to me for the cost of an economy and act like i should be stoked. man, i felt like such an ass driving that thing around, like every move i made was offensive and people justifiably hated me.
Ha ha - I had the same experience once. "We're gonna have to up-grade you to an SUV". I wasn't happy, so the lady pointed out that it's got cool foglights! "Wow, ten year old boys will think I'm cooool!"

So I had to buy twice as much gas, pay more for insurance, drive a stupid bouncy thing on the highway, and try to park this big white boat in Brooklyn. But everybody in line behind me couldn't believe how "lucky" I was.
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wish there was more of us out there looking out. instead, there has to be this-http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/powerplays/archives/002304.php.

suck.
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yeah. i deliver pizza at night, and i always try to help cyclists out, every chance i get. the frustrating thing is theres a lot of people who ride at night without lights, and no matter how aware i am, sometimes i just cant see them. i hope i never have to find out what it feels like to be that dick motorist that hits the innocent cyclist. i feel like a hypocrite, having a job that means driving so much, but i guess thats just a part of being human. at least im aware and respectful, cos the cyclist could easily be me.
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the frustrating thing is theres a lot of people who ride at night without lights, and no matter how aware i am, sometimes i just cant see them.
definitely.. I always want to yell at people that do that. My street is pretty dark, and I always shoulder check when I'm pulling out of my space or opening my door.. but I've still barely noticed the vast majority of unlit cyclists out there. I have a feeling it's only a matter of time before something bad happens.. :S

I feel like I should have a couple really cheapo flashers on me and just hand them out.. hahah.
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when they gave me the SUV i pointed out how much gas cost at the time, so they also ended up giving me a $40 credit. sweeet. when i drove to my house though to pick up my stuff it took me 10 minutes to parallel park the beast, and my 80 year old italian neighbor just sat and watched me and laughed.

yeah, the absence of lights on most cyclists is kinda frustrating. at times i've come close to a bike on bike collision as a result, especially when they are being doubley moronic and riding the wrong way.
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"yeah, the absence of lights on most cyclists is kinda frustrating. at times i've come close to a bike on bike collision as a result, especially when they are being doubley moronic and riding the wrong way."

yeah. i have to fight every impulse in me not to grab them, shake the s**t out of em, and scream at them over and over again "look at the arrows!!!! look at the arrows!!!!! which way are they pointing, ass**le!?!?!?!?!?!" but since im such a nice guy......
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Yeah, my day job is as a driver in NYC, and I work long ass shifts one day (I only do it 2 days a week luckily). I can't tell you how much I hate being inside a car for so long and watching people ride through traffic with such ease, while I'm just sitting there on my ass feeling as though my muscles are withering away. It sometimes has me considering getting into messenging, since I know the city pretty well after doing this job over a year...but I don't know if I could fully commit to that. Probably wouldn't be as few days as I have now, which is about the only good thing about my job, it leaves 5 days wide open to do bike/music ****. I guess sometimes you gotta make some sacrifices, right?
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the light thing...i dunno if any other cities have this...maybe not...but here in portland you can get free lights from a bike organization here.
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wish there was more of us out there looking out. instead, there has to be this-http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/powerplays/archives/002304.php.

suck.
that URL took me nowhere.
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sorry, picked up a period somehow.

http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/po...ves/002304.php
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man, that article is ****ing sad.
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so I had to go into jersey today for work and took a car home last night (i know i know, ***** cars, and its an SUV no less). So I'm drivin up 1st Ave this morning, just minding my own business, enjoying slowly chillin in the left lane lookin at all the bikers (a few beauties this morning, one british racing green fixie with mustache bars and a brown leather saddle) while people blaze past in the other lanes, and as I'm comin up into the mid 20's, what do I see but a great white bag in front of me. "hmmm, that bag looks familiar", I thought to myself. The last time I remembered seeing such a bag was was but a few weeks ago after a heated (yet interupted) game of connect 4 (or connect 6 depending on how I was beating). Sure enough, as I get closer the person riding turns around and bam! its s_9. So I dropped back a lil' and played buffer for a few blocks before finally turning off and leaving him on his merry way (all the time I was jealous that I was in big metal box and not on a bike).


Wow. That's pretty awesome, mrRed. Thanks! It's like I have a guardian angel. And my guardian angel was driving an SUV.....I don't know how I feel about that.

If you had offered a skitch, I'm sure I would've taken it. For a little bit at least. Protecting me from the rest of the road out there for a little bit was more than good enough. That's my morning commute right there. - up 1st Ave to 42nd St. Yesterday, I was taking it easy (otherwise you probably wouldn't have been able to keep up with me. heheh).

How far out in Jersey did you have to go to work? I had to get out to Teaneck on Tuesday for a focus group, and I insisted on riding there & back - about 20 miles one way from my apartment. It was the greatest commute ever.
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man, that article is ****ing sad.

That article *is* ****ing sad. But that ride was really good. Sad of course, but well planned and very appropriate. A lot of bikers came out for it, and the cops were very respectful about it once they realized what the ride was about. I just wish Bloomberg wouldn't let these drivers off the hook so much. It's frustrating, to say the least.
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It's funny (my feelings, not the article). Before I started using my bike as my primary means of transportation (would be my only were it not for the 47 mile commute down 95 to school), driving already got my blood pressure up. Now that I'm used to being on a bike it makes me doubly furious. Maybe even triply. Not only am I further enraged by all of the bike unfriendly actions that I see, but I'm resentful that I have to be in a car in the first place. On the up side, it makes me appreciate my bike travels even more by contrast. When I'm pedaling I'm happy...maybe even serene (though certainly focused and on guard...and well lit if it happens to be nighttime) as opposed to being uptight and anxious when I'm moving in my high speed metal coffin.
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I had to go down to Florham Park to take care of some permiting, and its about an hour drive there, so I opted aginst the bike route. Next I'll be sure to offer a skitch though.
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