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Old 09-26-23, 05:14 AM
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Just a Word

I was on my a.t.b., just outside of down-town, heading to the supermarket, and turned right. Just then, from amongst the tree-lined street, a teen cyclist, riding on the side-walk, came quickly, in the opposite direction toward me. He preceded me with about 2 seconds to spare. Keep your eyes on the side-walks, especially if there are large trees around.
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Word is saying 60 words.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Word is saying 60 words.
You figured that out all by yourself?
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
Keep your eyes on....
Pretty much EVERYTHING AROUND and maybe not too FAR BEHIND YOU as much as you possibly can these days I think.

Situational awareness is the operative description of the State of Mind for your own personal safety and well-being.

Threats can come from pretty much any direction at any time when you're out and about, but as you can't see through things or around blind corners, be wary.
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Originally Posted by spclark
Pretty much EVERYTHING AROUND and maybe not too FAR BEHIND YOU as much as you possibly can these days I think.

Situational awareness is the operative description of the State of Mind for your own personal safety and well-being.

Threats can come from pretty much any direction at any time when you're out and about, but as you can't see through things or around blind corners, be wary.
That's basically what I was getting at.
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
You figured that out all by yourself?
No. That would have been inefficient. As noted, Word figured it out.

Did you figure out keeping your eyes on the sidewalk all by yourself?
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I see you live in Brunswick. Wow, they have some really strict laws regarding bicycles up there.
  • Sec. 15-141. - License required.A resident of the town shall not operate a bicycle on any public way unless it has been licensed by the chief of police. The license must be evidenced by a tag furnished by the chief and affixed to the bicycle.


  • Sec. 15-142. - License record.The chief of police shall keep a record of the name and address of the licensee, the number of the tag and a description of the bicycle so licensed.


  • Sec. 15-143. - Method of riding on sidewalks.No person shall ride a bicycle on a sidewalk except in a prudent and reasonable manner having proper regard for public safety. In all cases, bicyclists on a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

    Sec. 15-11. - Impoundment of bicycles.

    Whenever the chief of police or his designee is satisfied that a person under the age of eighteen (18) has violated section 15-143, the chief of police or his designee may impound the bicycle from such person.

    In order to retrieve the bicycle, the person whose bicycle has been impounded under this action shall appear with his/her parent or guardian and meet with the chief of police or his designee to discuss the nature of the violation and bicycle safety.
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Originally Posted by spclark
Pretty much EVERYTHING AROUND and maybe not too FAR BEHIND YOU as much as you possibly can these days I think.

Situational awareness is the operative description of the State of Mind for your own personal safety and well-being.

Threats can come from pretty much any direction at any time when you're out and about, but as you can't see through things or around blind corners, be wary.
I like to say that I ride with "...a good, healthy sense of paranoia". Works for me. Admittedly, I have focused on what is happening on the road and not the side-walk. This event helped to change that.
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It's very simple. Assume Murphy's Law fully applies 100$ of the time. If it could happen, it eventually will-----

Cars ignoring traffic signals or stop signs, dogs running into the street, kids chasing those dogs into the street, parents chasing their kids, other cyclists riding as if they're on a desert island, 60+mph cross wind gusts on a clear day, black ice, in the winter, sandy patches on curves, and so on. And of course, things like tire blowouts on high speed descents.

In short, be ready for any and everything, because ONLY you can keep yourself safe.
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