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Old 04-25-14, 06:27 PM   #1
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42 years old and saw someone in town riding in the lanes first time ever

You folks probably don't care, but just wanted to say this. I am 42 years old coming up on Monday and I can count on 1 hand how many times I've ever seen someone riding a bike out in public that wasn't a kid in a neighborhood or on a bike trail.

I'm not a commuter, but I do read this forum for any pointers that may pertain to my riding (like "where to stop at a red light" just in case I ever find myself in town with my bike.) I was driving home from town (about 30 miles, hence, I don't commute because I don't have that kind of time) when I made a turn and a 14 year old kid was riding down the middle of the road on his bike. He didn't ever signal, but he was riding right in the traffic lane (not a lot of traffic) and followed a few turns while I hung out a ways behind him. Eventually, he took the straight/left turn lane heading down the hill and turned into a gas station. Have to say, it was pretty cool seeing him.

I did feel a bit sorry for him, though it is his own doing and probably just being a kid as this wouldn't bother someone of that age, but it was 40 and pouring down rain and there he was on his bike in a t-shirt and pair of shorts, rooster tail flying off the back tire, motoring through town in the lanes. Had he looked back at me (his head was on a pretty good swivel looking all around and he rode most of it standing up looking around) I would have given him a thumbs up.

Like I said, I can count the number of people on bikes on the roads other than kids in neighborhoods on 1 hand in all of my 42 years. This kid makes number 5. I thought it was real cool seeing him. He is the first of the 5 that I have seen actually riding in the lanes rather than off on the side.
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I would agree with your enthusiasm and seeing one rider will help to see others, hopefully. I suspect he was determined to be somewhere, in bad weather. Is there a better method at 14 to get somewhere by your own means than a bicycle? Thanks for sharing.
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Definitely a !

Reminds me of a younger me. I used to get caught out in storms all the time haha. Thankfully where i live i'm not alone out there riding, and on some days i encounter 10-15 people on two wheels doing their thing. Been increasing pretty steadily for the last 10 years....

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I took the lane twice today. Both were instances where I was on a sprint at 20 plus in a bike lane, and there was a car in the bike lane. I looked over my shoulder, made eye contact with with traffic behind and made my special signal. This involves sticking my left arm out with a repeated pointing motion. As I move into the lane I make a pointing motion at the adjacent lane.

A common misconception among those that do not take the lane is that those of us who do, treat "the lane" as a bike lane. I was in the lane long enough to clear the hazard. If you have not seen a lot of bikes in the lane, it's because the vast majority of those of us who do, spend the minimal time necessary.
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