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Old 09-19-22, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
Goliath wins 99 out of 100 times.

Go with the facts on the ground for your safety and not some misguided crusade. I would miss you around here.
I have had more close calls on MUP's than regular roads, most likely because the roads are regulated better (no rule to check your blind spot, signal, stop suddenly, etc. on the path). Yes, the likelihood of survival in the event of an accident is far greater on the path, but riding while using a brain so as to avoid any accidents wins over them both.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I have had more close calls on MUP's than regular roads...
I've had one close call on my local MUP in 20 years. Caused by a cyclist with two dogs on leashes even though pets are NOT allowed on that particular MUP. It caused a nice crash involving the mutt's owner and his riding companion. The rest of us survived unscathed. Otherwise, I have five hair raising experiences every day on the roads here. Some accidental, some purposeful.

The point I was trying to make in the post you responded to was to THINK. Not just blindly follow some stubborn dogma that "I won't give up my road" if there was a safer option at hand. If your roads are safer, then by all means avoid the MUP. I could ride 60 miles on my MUP and maybe see 10 other people, all courteous and paying attention. No pets, no kids. Heaven.
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Old 09-19-22, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
The point I was trying to make in the post you responded to was to THINK.
Oh, absolutely agreed. I think that's the underlying theme of all these threads. Take the lane or take the shoulder, take the MUP or take the road, use the crosswalk or use the turn lane, stop at the stop sign or... well, you know what I mean... but use your brain.

My closest MUP is in a major park littered with peds, runners, dog walkers (with retractable 25' leashes), cars going in and out of driveways, and even clueless cyclists. River trails are better, but then you apparently risk getting mugged. Around here, acting like a car (which includes stopping at lights/signs and waiting your turn) generally gets you respected like one.
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My own recent experience with Montana drivers didn't leave me impressed with their abilities to begin with, better off on the MUP. Was sitting stopped, realized the car coming up on me wasn't stopping; turned the wheel, quick checked the mirror, and slammed the gas as the car finished screeching to a halt where my front seats had been. Thankfully a 2 lane road and not an oncoming lane or the kids in the back would have been seriously injured. That was the closest incident but hardly the only close call in only 5 days in the state. Always thought Rochester, NY drivers sucked, the state of MT gives them a run for their money. My father-in-law even commented while we were there on the antagonism between truck drivers and cyclists, and while he's a cheap beer swilling redneck with a truck, he's got 3 grandkids heavy into cycling and understands both sides of the issues better.
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Old 09-20-22, 07:08 AM
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Reading that forum was like swimming in an outhouse. Frankly, I don't see the point in subjecting yourself to that, but to each his own. I won't be back.

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Old 09-20-22, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
The internet brings out the worst in every subgroup.

Living in the Florida panhandle, I'm surrounded by rednecks in pick up trucks. Most all of them give me plenty of room on the road and will stop and see if I need a ride when I'm roadside with a mechanical problem. Collectively, they are likely better behaved on the road than car drivers.
I would hazard a guess here that this situation is different for those outside of Tallahassee and those inside a city like Tallahassee. The people living in cities who buy trucks 100% for vanity reasons are almost universally "bad" in my experience, whereas in the rural areas it can be a toss-up. Yeah, we cyclists have problems with confirmation bias with truckers, but if thinking like an international relations realist, you have to consider that one truck driver out of thirty could easily *kill* you by "accident" or on purpose. Sure, your neighboring country may never choose to invade you, but there's a chance it could choose to militarily invade you. Let's take Portugal. If Portugal had zero army, then it would be a sitting duck if Spain wanted to conquer it again. Hence, Portugal will maintain some army for protection or as deterrent. Even if Spain were to help out in some humanitarian mission, like a volcano exploding in a city like Lisbon, Portugal has no idea what Spain may choose to do in two or twenty years' time.

Likewise, people on bikes can (and, I argue, should) be especially wary of two to three-ton machines with hoods higher than our heads.

Florida is also a strange beast with the number of transplants it has. Many are fine people and many are bad people who were drawn to Florida for the wrong reasons, for real or merely perceived reasons such as "woohoo, I can surround myself with only antisocial types and not pay any taxes at all and tint my car windows 99%. Florida, here I come!" (The reality is not this, but those people chasing this lifestyle will move to Florida). I didn't spend much time in the panhandle and these types are probably more likely to move to non-panhandle areas, but I could be wrong. I only lived there for a few years.
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Love that area. I should have quit my job and moved down there 15 years ago.

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Old 09-21-22, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
The internet brings out the worst in every subgroup.
Absolutely.

Organized sports forums (like a particular football team) are the worst.
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Old 09-21-22, 11:48 AM
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For some masochistic reason I read the entire thread. I'm kind of disappointed the OP didn't point out that some of them seemed to be okay with injuring or even killing the six-year-old kid involved in the crash. Within two posts it devolved into cyclist bashing and managed to keep it up for 14 testosterone-fueled, entitled driver pages; it's impressive, really. My opinion of men has dropped another notch.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
For some masochistic reason I read the entire thread. I'm kind of disappointed the OP didn't point out that some of them seemed to be okay with injuring or even killing the six-year-old kid involved in the crash. Within two posts it devolved into cyclist bashing and managed to keep it up for 14 testosterone-fueled, entitled driver pages; it's impressive, really. My opinion of men has dropped another notch.
I'm sure you mean cagemen, not all men, right ?
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Old 09-21-22, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Gear_Admiral View Post
I would hazard a guess here that this situation is different for those outside of Tallahassee and those inside a city like Tallahassee. The people living in cities who buy trucks 100% for vanity reasons are almost universally "bad" in my experience, whereas in the rural areas it can be a toss-up.
That could be. I don't ride in the city that often and when I do it's largely on the less affluent southside. If you're theory is correct, the worst of it would be in the northeast suburbs. Where there are a lot of large, expensive pickups. And a lot of traffic. I suspect the riders who live are often the folks who drive to my area to ride.
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Old 09-22-22, 08:33 AM
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Oh, I have no idea.
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Originally Posted by holytrousers View Post
I'm sure you mean cagemen, not all men, right ?
Sure.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Pick-em-up driving inbreds******************************?
The sad thing is... some of us cyclists actually drive pickup trucks from time to time.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
For some masochistic reason I read the entire thread. I'm kind of disappointed the OP didn't point out that some of them seemed to be okay with injuring or even killing the six-year-old kid involved in the crash. Within two posts it devolved into cyclist bashing and managed to keep it up for 14 testosterone-fueled, entitled driver pages; it's impressive, really. My opinion of men has dropped another notch.
Please don't give up on "men."

Some of us are kind, gentle and caring humans...

The large "boy-children" of that thread obviously have little respect for anyone besides themselves, and likely have never learned to "play well with others."
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Please don't give up on "men."

Some of us are kind, gentle and caring humans...

The large "boy-children" of that thread obviously have little respect for anyone besides themselves, and likely have never learned to "play well with others."
I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them are proud boys.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them are proud boys.
I don't know, don't wanna speculate... that might make the thread political and force a move.

Bottom line is that those folks expressing those opinions about cyclists, or any other user of the road, apparently didn't learn how to "share" in kindergarten, nor did they learn the rules of the road... "don't hit that which is in front of you..." Nor did they learn basic human courtesy.

Now they have big trucks and a Jackazz attitude toward others on the road. Folks of a similar nature also go around blocking EV charging stations... simply because they can and again, have bad attitudes about others... Essentially acting like "fourth graders" on the playground.

It certainly isn't a proper rural or western attitude... which usually includes a bit of "help your neighbor."
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My experience is that most Bike haters are obese cigarette smokers and are pizzed off by the appearance of slender people on bikes on the public by-ways.......there was a popular NY radio celebrity who routinely raved about driving behind "skinny" Bikers with their "little skinny Azzes on those Little seats"......he would really go off on it - Alas he had a coronary and EXPIRED (case closed)
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My experience is that most Bike haters are obese cigarette smokers and are pizzed off by the appearance of slender people on bikes on the public by-ways.......there was a popular NY radio celebrity who routinely raved about driving behind "skinny" Bikers with their "little skinny Azzes on those Little seats"......he would really go off on it - Alas he had a coronary and EXPIRED (case closed)
There was a time when I went to a lot of trade shows. Then one year, I took notice of something.

The people who go to the Outdoor Adventure Show (canoeists, wilderness camping, hikers, backpackers, cycling, adventure vacations) were generally skinny people.

The people who go to the Sportsman Show (fishing, hunting) were generally overweight people. Not all, of course because I was there.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
There was a time when I went to a lot of trade shows. Then one year, I took notice of something.

The people who go to the Outdoor Adventure Show (canoeists, wilderness camping, hikers, backpackers, cycling, adventure vacations) were generally skinny people.

The people who go to the Sportsman Show (fishing, hunting) were generally overweight people. Not all, of course because I was there.
So the generalization is that people that do "self powered" things... hiking, cycling, kayaking, etc have the bodies that reflect those activities...
People that sit on or in motorized vehicles for "entertainment" have the bodies that reflect that passive lifestyle.

But the question is where does the "attitude" come from?
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Reading that forum was like swimming in an outhouse. Frankly, I don't see the point in subjecting yourself to that, but to each his own. I won't be back.
i followed the link too, i have seen toxic forums but thatís worse than anything iíve seen on the common internet.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
For some masochistic reason I read the entire thread. I'm kind of disappointed the OP didn't point out that some of them seemed to be okay with injuring or even killing the six-year-old kid involved in the crash. Within two posts it devolved into cyclist bashing and managed to keep it up for 14 testosterone-fueled, entitled driver pages; it's impressive, really. My opinion of men has dropped another notch.
Our local person who spews that kind of venom and ran me off the road, twice, and lectured me about how I don't belong on the road, is a woman.

I do suspect that the attitude and aggression is more prevalent amongst males, but it is also worth noting (a) internet forums, like that one and even this one, skew heavily male, and (b) a lot of it was bravado/bull-shyte.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of horrible people, and no one sex/gender/race etc appears to have a monopoly.
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The sad thing is... some of us cyclists actually drive pickup trucks from time to time.
Those are called mountain bikers.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Please don't give up on "men."

Some of us are kind, gentle and caring humans...

The large "boy-children" of that thread obviously have little respect for anyone besides themselves, and likely have never learned to "play well with others."
I know quite a few decent men. Unfortunately they're not the ones in power.
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Our local person who spews that kind of venom and ran me off the road, twice, and lectured me about how I don't belong on the road, is a woman.

I do suspect that the attitude and aggression is more prevalent amongst males, but it is also worth noting (a) internet forums, like that one and even this one, skew heavily male, and (b) a lot of it was bravado/bull-shyte.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of horrible people, and no one sex/gender/race etc appears to have a monopoly.
As with all generalizations, it's not accurate. I agree about it being largely bravado/men one-upping each other.
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So the generalization is that people that do "self powered" things... hiking, cycling, kayaking, etc have the bodies that reflect those activities...
People that sit on or in motorized vehicles for "entertainment" have the bodies that reflect that passive lifestyle.

But the question is where does the "attitude" come from?
I don't know. You tell me since you made the conclusion, not me. I just reported the observation.
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