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Old 09-14-09, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I find that riding with two little girls every day gets me a lot more room and respect... it must be the pink helmet and the ponytail.
Yeah. When i ride with a child seat at the rear, I get boat loads of room from cars passing me. Some even go all the way across the street just to avoid me! Maybe I should start commuting with an empty child seat.
But I do have a uncontrolled crossing along the CVG. Just poor planning on the city for this so-called bike route. I will try getting off the bike although I really hate to walk the bike across 4 lanes.
But at the Boundary Rd crossing, vehicles always stop despite without any blinking lights or what have you.
Nah, I think Luddite is a bit extreme. I haven't really had issues sharing the road with vehicles. We are all going to a destination. I don't think "they" are out to get us. Anger begets hate, hate leads to bad quality of life.

Personally North America can stand to replace some 4-way Stops in favour for a more efficient roundabouts. Stopping and going when there's no one around is a waste of energy.
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Old 09-14-09, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
I guess, but as a regular pedestrian I find it much harder to get across. It makes NO sense whatsoever! And, since when do cagers actually obey those kinds of laws?
Makes sense to me. If they hit you as a regular pedestrian the car might be ok. If they hit you while walking your bike the car could be dented. That is why .
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Old 09-14-09, 05:00 PM
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I have a uncontrolled intersection with big crosswalk signs and wide cross-hatched lines on the road. Doesn't do a thing, the cages don't blink, just roar right past me. I've been thinking about calling the local PD and cluing them into a big revenue generator. Give the early morning shift a chance to rack up some big fines!
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Old 09-14-09, 06:00 PM
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That's sad on Montreal. I was hugely impressed with the bike network I saw downtown. Felt very tempted to rent myself a bixi for the day, but didn't really have time to make much use of it.

Zero gallons to the mile
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Originally Posted by Kevin666 View Post
Americans may be a little crude, rude, and more rushed, but as one of them I can confirm that we take the yield-to-pedestrians rules pretty strictly. And the way US pedestrians jump in front of cars whenever they feel like it seems to prove that out.
Maybe in your state. It's the law here, but it's almost never obeyed. Some public safety groups are trying to raise awareness, with PSAs and signs near crosswalks, but I don't trust drivers to stop, even with my three-year-old daughter.

I once stopped for an elderly lady with a walker who was trying to cross the street. The guy behind me got impatient waiting for 5 seconds, honked, and tried to pass on the right, nearly running the lady over.
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