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Old 06-09-20, 11:02 AM
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DG's blog: Tales from the Trails, MUP PErpaTratorS

Ah, the evil MUPPETS... sometimes on foot, occasionally on two wheels, most often on four, plus.... Chronicalling the scofflaws that inhabit/cross the Stone Mountain Trail from North Decatur to Stone Mountain Village.

Today the trail was blocked for over an hour by the City of Clarkston lawn crews in a repeat violation of state law forbidding operating and parking vehicles on sidewalks/MUP. Last month's email to city manager was simply responded with "Thank You." Today's email was civil and more pointed, with copies to the Path Foundation and news. People are really looking at what govt does, and thumbing noses at their own laws is not in their best interest.

Guy with dog off leash. Nice dialogue, but he says he can't train the dog to leash. "sigh" I used to work for a humane society.... You don't want to know how many times I heard that....

Four wheelers over the stop bar and across the walk like it's acceptable

Saw a DOT highway sign: "Drive like your mother is watching!" Merde, who do you think taught them to drive?!
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No monitoring of the MUP, yesterday, due to rain storms and work No ride....

Overall, a decent ride today. Not that the MUPPET "Animals" in their cages were to be denied. In 15 short miles, I witnessed 8 running of the Reds (only counted DEAD RED Fred) and 9 instances of failure to yield (cagers blocking MUP/not yielding in crosswalks).

Funny ped situation: I had rolled slowly to a standing stop behind a family, with a ped in the oncoming lane, so waited patiently... as they all stopped, then parted for me! Thanked them while assuring them that pedestrians come first

Neutral sitch with a racer cyclist. He did everything legal to leave the MUP, use a turn lane to merge into traffic and avoid a light, then re-entering the MUP. Not what I would do, but... meh....

On the way back, spoke with a guy wheeling a recumbent bike-wheel-chair. Nice cyclist. Had arms of steel. Looked like he could bench a bus!

Off the MUP, on the ~mile home, got passed (other lane, so almost didn't care) by car going over the double yellow on a blind uphill. Guess he/she survived their stupidity, as there was no crash, BUT, just over the hill, a dumpster blocked one lane, a moving truck blocked half the other lane, and no signage either way.... Damned good rabbit foot....
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A lot of the trails here (Vermont) are used by snow machines in the winter. They stitch together routes with paths through private property and realize that lawless behavior and littering will lose them those trails, as a consequence they maintain them in great condition.
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Rode to a market today and bought a rabbit sans feet. Going to grill it this weekend.
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Just did 30 miles on the MUP next to me. City mule (4 wheeler) in middle of trail, but the two crew were measuring cracks in an area that is ready for repair. I just hollered "heads up" when I was a few hundred feet away and they got up and out of the way. Exchanged hello's and they went back to doing their business.

City takes pretty good care of the trail and for as long as we've had it, I'm not going to complain about times when some of their crews have been less than attentive where they place their vehicles. It would really take a fairly long class to go over all the things that might annoy others.

Did get a little annoyed at the group of about eight cyclist, kids and parents, that decided to pass a runner in a blind S-curve and I was coming the other way. Half of them had already passed but hadn't gotten back over to their side. I came to almost a complete stop from 20 mph or so. The other half of their group apparently felt they should take my lane and pass even though they should have seen me.

I was happy I'd get my 30 miles in today. So I just smiled!

Oh... and near the end and bottom of a long hill, some newbie cyclist parked his bike in the middle of the trail and was walking back to take a picture of it. I just said hello and grumbled to myself a little. In the afternoon the dark shade from the trees with sporadic bright sun makes dark bike hard to see. Doubt his picture looks much more than a silhouette.
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"It's the motorists, stupid!" (Not directed at anyone here )

Another glorious Friday on the Stone Mountain Trail, and it's Richard and Rickie Cager lowering the common denominator... AGAIN....

Outbound, where the MUP crosses a multi-lane, Rickie sits her huge berliner-brick squarely across the crossing, making all others go into the intersection to go around her....

Coming back, same intersection, legal cyclists crossing from both directions. White, amazon van who had appropriately yielded by waiting at the stop bar, guns the engine and crosses between two oncoming lines of cyclists less than two bike lengths from any of us!

Then, almost home, gave warning toots to approaching van who then sat in crossing looking down at his phone. Pulled forward, instead of back, still distracted, when I unloaded the Airzound on him.

And cagers got the balls to complain about us....

More from a social distancing worry, but some cyclists are treating the MUP like it has three lanes, taking two thirds to continue and coming way too close passing. Not worried about colliding, but... that is closer than wise....

Past all that, lovely ride.
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Weekend off. Monday a little lighter and still being led by motorized MUPPETS: 5 counts of failure to yield at crosswalks. One fool (yep, in a pickup) yelled that there was no crossing... amazing since I was in the middle of it! (I think he meant no lights for crossing. I've.heard this illiterate nonsense as a pedestrian.) Besides being prominently marked, GA.law states that crosswalks exist even if not marked, at every intersection. People should really learn to read... and to take turns....

Woman let's her big goofy cur off the leash to run. As I pass her, I say, "The leash laws help protect dogs from harm". As if on cue, big goofy gives chase, passing repeatedly in front of my bike and I had to stop to keep from hitting him. "Voilà, Madame." She called him back and I went on my way.

And, of course, the City of Clarkston had their lazy truck arses on the MUP again. Coming back, they were "working" by opening their doors across one lane, laughing and texting.

On the hopeful side, most peds were being predictable and as many motorists were making eye contact and yielding.

As always, the feeling of wind and motion were well worth any effort... an overall delicious ride

And I found six cents and the bottom of a kickstand.
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A Tale of one MUP in Two Directions

Morning takes me right, on Stone Mountain Trail, doing a recycle run to the DeKalb Farmers Market (really, just a grocer and nothing like an open air afair). Great ride out, great ride back. Only curiosity is an suv that makes a good pass, then goes just 20 yards to turn into a cul de sac?

Maybe should've cut my losses, but that ride was too short. So I go in the afternoon on my St. Mt. Village run... ohhhhhh, boy!

Started out perfect (for the first 3/4s). Till almost to the Village. Two 20-somethings sitting so far past the stop bar they are into the street and consequently totally over the crosswalk. Not only had to go into the intersection to pass them but the one waiting to turn is absorbed with his phone. Neither answers as to why they are on the crosswalk. I cross and light changes. Junior is still Richarding with his phone. As I cross the other street I yell out, "Oh, Toodles!" He looks up and makes the turn, accelerating away with phone to ear.... The best is yet to come.

Coming back, a few blocks from the previous gas-rons, and ignoring my warning toots, an overly pretentious Richard blocks the crossing. I roll right up to his door and he only gives me a brief look of contempt. Your "Moment of Zen"? He had a spotless carbon bike on his trunk rack.... What a waste of protoplasm.

Overall, 6 red runner cagers and 6 failures to yield (many more if I didn't use my AirZound to alert them).

I swear the covid-IQ virus is running rampant on the east side....
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Today was mostly good: No problems with peds and cyclists (I don't count the little girl, kids are easily forgiven) and relatively few motorized gasrons. One red runner and three failures to yield. Inexplicably, with an empty parking lot behind him, one had to consult his cell phone by parking ON the MUP. Showed no remorse when told it was illegal. Had an ambulance blow through a crossing (non emergency).

So, why am I chronicalling all this?

1. As a record of my rides and what happens out there.
2. To prep anyone that does the eastside trail for the first (or not often) time(s) on what to expect.
3. To expose the INSANITY of a car culture that wants cyclists OFF THE ROAD, then follows them onto the MUP.
4. To expose the huge scofflaw entitlement of motorists who complain, but don' follow the laws themselves... ditto gov't hypocrisies (oh, they will ticket you if YOU do it....)
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In most states, if a pedestrian is not already in the crossing, there is no requirement to stop. For cyclists in the same crossing, rules vary even more.

This comes from your own state...........https://www.bicyclegeorgia.com/galaw...ercising%20due

Special Considerations for Pedestrian, Path and Trail Cycling
Sidewalk cycling is a significant contributing factor in bicycle/motor vehicle collisions. A common perception is that someone is safer cycling on the sidewalk than on the roadway - and many motorists and even law enforcement officers irresponsibly believe and repeat that dangerous message. Sidewalk cyling is statistically the most dangerous type of cycling. When a driver enters or turns, left or right, onto or leaving a street driveway or alley, they are not looking for, or expecting to encounter, a bicyclist- especially one coming from the wrong direction and/or on the sidewalk. Since sidewalk cyclists may be traveling 12 mph to 20 mph instead of perhaps 3-4 mph of a pedestrian, a motorist has little chance of stopping for a bicyclist crossing his/her path at an intersection or driveway. Nor can the cyclist avoid the motorist. The motorist's defense "I just didn't see him(her)" is generally a valid one. The cyclist almost literally came out of nowhere.
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Thanks for weighing in, but not applicable as this is a MUP and not a restricted sidewalk. The crossings are required stops by state law and are often accompanied by signage.
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Mods, could you move me there, please?
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Thanks, Mods!

Another day hope springs eternal for a 100% care-free trip. AT&T's HUGE arse truck and trailer, on the MUP and blocking peds/cyclists AND blocking line of sight of motorists that might actually be watching out for us.... Yeah, leave it to corporate cagers to scoff at the laws.... Initially disavows the previous notion.

Ignoring the elephant on the sidewalk, I have a 3/4 outbound ride that is near legendary
Peds, pedals, and even people in their rolling confinement chambers are being cooperative. Then I approach the intersection of Juliette and Ponce de Leon. This is starting to stick in my mind as the poster intersection for dysfunctional drivers. By the time I return, there are two dead red runners and two failure to yield at the crossing. Wonder what's down that road, as what's coming out is... yikes....

Not to be outdone by Stone (d?) Mountain drivers, a lady in Tucker doesn't look both ways, then puts her car across the MUP to wait out traffic, to the warning toots, she moves less than a foot. What is it cagers want to hang on cyclists (legally) taking the lane? Oh, yeah: IMPEDING TRAFFIC!

On to Tucker, the road part of the trail and her brother in harms is so focused, one way, that he starts to pull out in front of me. Horn stops that and I pantamine looking both ways... to which HE cops an attitude....

Fine and finer ride till reaching the AT&T MUPPET again. Almost met a blinded motorist because of the corporate megalith.... I did see a policeman on the last of my route who promised to take a look. Hopefully....

With apologies to Randy Newman:
"It's a jungle out there
Disorder and confusion on the road everywhere
No one seems to care
Well I do
Hey, who's in charge here?
It's a jungle out there
Carbon monoxcide in the very air we breathe
Do you know oil's in the water that you drink?
Well I do, and it's amazing
People think I'm crazy, 'cause I have to worry on the bicycle all the time
If you cagers paid attention, you'd be worried too
You better pay attention
Or this motor you love so much might just kill me and you
I could be wrong now, but I don't think so
'Cause there's an asphalt jungle out there
It's a jungle out there"

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Today was a new record for me: 36 miles non-stop from my home in North Decatur, Ga to the North Terminus of the Proctor Creek Trail in NW Atlanta! This takes the Stone Mountain Trail to the Freedom Trail, around Centennial Park (super cool to see BLM rally going on) past the Aquarium and Coca-Cola HQ and Georgia Tech University.

At this point, and what the Trail Organization will have to wrestle with, is the utterly desperate conditions of the Bankhead Community. If you want to know what the powers that be think about lives, you should have rode with me.... I worked there from 1988-95 when the area was desperately impoverished. Now... I cried to see the totally neglected and broken walkways and streets. The roads are so bad, I won't put my bike through that again. Leave the community where generational family houses give way to rich development, and the infrastructure miraculously improves.

Proctor Creek Trail, which will eventually be tied into the Silver Comet System, is a beautifully, semi-wild area near an old quarry, railroad yard, and often shares a powerline fire break.

NO problems with peds and cycles. Motorists? You bet: Park your truck on the trail head... people can just suck it up and go around you.... Illegal right turns? Posh, your hurry is more important than their lives (whoever came up with "right on red" deserves to be flogged, resurrected, and flogged again). And when those pesky cyclists finally DO get a protected lane, find a way to park across it!

Other than that, home with only very mild soreness, probably mostly from the road pummeling in Bankhead

The effort, and natural settings (as well as the rally), priceless.

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A Saturday off, out of town visit that would be suicudal cycling....

Seen from within a similar cage, motorists are even worse! High speed, rules out the door... phones to the ear and ego-filled heads up their arses....

And this is all normal?!
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Hey, Hondo! The things I see, daily, would turn a skunk albino!
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Finally a perfect day on the MUP
Five miles out and back to get veggies from the school garden... miam!
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And Theyyyyyyy're Back!

Or just another Manic Monday?!

1 red runner, 7 failures to yield.... Criminal govt of Clarkston city parked on the MUP again....

Taking the cake today: Southeastern Freight 18 wheeler.... Two diff drivers, or same driver, same place two diff months, cuts across MUP in front of me, necessitating stopping. Filed a complaint with the company today. Questioned whether this gashole is targetting cyclists.

Cagers are a mess....

Edit: Forgot the speeder: curve just before St Mt Village, after speed reduction, she almost rolled the car up on the MUP... definitely rearranged the microbes next to the curb.

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Tuesday not as bad, but it's still cager shenanigans!

Pods.com delivery. Leaves one pod in nearby parking lot and, upon noticing the driveway is too narrow at the destination, does he go back to the lot to sort it out? Oh, gassness NO!!! Force all people into the street, of course.... After calling him on it and not accepting rationalisations, he moved just enough to let me pass, then reparked across the MUP

3 dead red runners including one gashole who blew through after warning horns and two seconds of red. If I simply advanced into the crossing, on the light, I would be writing this from the grave!

Now I know why they call it a "conveinence store": the parking lot is conveinent for cagers to avoid the red lights...

Speeder ,today, too. The "thing" for 20 something gasholes is a return to the all black Mustang/clones. For months we had them laying drags in an adjacent parking lot. Today, the raging cager screams down the adjacent straight away, and when reaching a slower vehicle, ignores the double yellow to continue at high speed....

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Atlanta sounds similar to traffic in Houston. No MUPs anywhere near where I live. Can’t people respect the MUP and keep it safe for people to use?
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MUPPETS lose minds @ 9 am?!

Earlier ride today to beat the rain that still hasn't come....

Outbound just a couple of failures to yield. One was a motorcycle. You'd think a little comraderie but, no, gas pollutes the minds of all. Rest of outbound was nice. Interesting pattern emerging from people unwisely loosening their guard on covid: the group/peloton wannabees are using PORTIONS of the MUP to keep their wheels rolling and their times down. More of a "scratch the noggin" than anything else. Does add faster moving traffic to the MUP, but, it's allowed.... On that note, I'd like to answer someone else's question on another thread: He/she was wondering about a "toxic attitude" I mentioned. The Toxic Attitude is not necessarily what one is riding/driving, but to what extent you increase your (and the aggragate) selfishness and detrimental actions through conveinence. A motorized, multi-ton, vehicle with a press of the foot allows massive damage to any flora and fauna "in the way".... It's VERY conveinent. The very question that far few ask themselves: with this conveience, can you control the dark (selfish) side? 2600 years ago, civilization was tempting people with the well sweep. Look where we are today: Locked in speeding boxes, polluting, succumbing to (or fighting) a host of "first world/affluent" diseases....

So, return trip in the 9am hour: I am very "heads up" at the road crossings, even if they are BRIGHTLY posted. In an all-american, "Make it a super-sized COMBO please!", dude in a massive gas guzzler runs the stop sign at the road feeding into the main artery and then BLOWS THROUGH the crossing, only deviating slightly to avoid the loudly honking, angry to be threatened, cyclist. What a karmic deficit that gashole just garnished!

Walkers and cyclists were just too, literally, WIRED today. That conveinence thing again.... It is just too unhealthy for them... and me! One woman ignored verbal shouts in favor of her cell phone and would've caused a collision if I had not Airzounded her. Had to resort to the horn at closest point because she veered directly into me. Narrow miss... Miss.... Clarkston, a guy and his son look ONE WAY and walk into the street portion of the bike path. Fortunately I was alert, going uphill, and able to call out, "Look both ways before crossing." He was apologetic so, no foul, no harm.

And so it went.
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