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iheartbacon 08-14-12 09:20 PM

That time of year again
 
Now is the time of, statistically, that most car vs. bike accidents occur in our humble little town. That time is called the school year. Soon roads will be filled with Ford Fusions from the high school with a student driver sign on the roof. College is starting next week so I get to look forward to girls doing everything but paying attention while driving the 4,000 pound SUV so they'd be "safe". Lets not forget the frat boys in suped up pickups that think terrifying cyclists is a rite of passage into manhood. Ahh yes, fall to spring in a college town.

Actually it's not all that bad if you're careful. A lot of the accidents are as much the cyclists fault as the cars. I'll keep my head on a swivel and stay off the main roads during peak traffic times. The biggest inconvenience is the overcrowding. We go from a summer population of ~11,000 and a school year population of ~22,000. It seems like everywhere you go there is a line, and forgot about getting a good spot on a bike rack downtown.

Anybody else live in a college town? Got some good college town stories?

PedalingFool 08-14-12 10:15 PM

I don't live by any colleges but I ride past a lot of elementary schools... not sure what would be worse. Soccer moms in SUV's in a hurry to pick up little Junior and make it home in time to make dinner or the college kids.

SweetNightmare 08-15-12 01:23 AM

When I was going to high school, one of us got hit every few months or so. Once a boy was crossing the street by the buses and got mowed down by a woman going sixty on her cell phone, as my friend watched from the bus. The woman was heavily fined and the boy was, thankfully, okay after a trip to the hospital and some recovery. Even I almost got hit a few times from impatient high schoolers on the way to lunch, rival high schoolers who think it'd be funny, and parents in a rush to wait to pick up their kid. ((Rushing to wait, I'm not kidding.)) And I was a careful walker. Many times it was when the walk signal JUST stopped flashing and the light turned green. Like they weren't even trying to look. It took a rich girl being pushed over by a car for them to set up school zone signs and lights around the school.

wahoonc 08-15-12 04:03 AM

I was working in at a university campus a couple of years ago (the one that Iheartbacon is referring to) and I swear they give half of the people a frontal lobotomy, there is no way those people managed to survive this long on their own. They are in their own little self centered Ipod world...

Best story was the bimbo who's car was towed 3 times in one day from the same no parking spot. :P Must be nice to have daddy footing the bills. :rolleyes:

Aaron :)

tagaproject6 08-15-12 09:38 AM


Originally Posted by wahoonc (Post 14607887)
car was towed 3 times in one day from the same no parking spot

How is that even possible???

Timothy 08-15-12 11:29 AM

I've noticed the new school bus drivers can be very scary, especially the ones who had never previously driven anything larger than a Toyota.

wahoonc 08-15-12 12:14 PM


Originally Posted by tagaproject6 (Post 14608701)
How is that even possible???

She would take a taxi down to the impound yard, get it back, drive back to the campus and park it in the same spot. I know because I had it towed all three times. She was blocking our access area. I think she was a grad student...

Aaron :)

iheartbacon 08-15-12 12:16 PM

The kids from the south are a real treat during our first snowstorm. Last winter I sat on a park bench on 3rd street hill and watched the cars slide down it. This year I own a camera so expect some good shots. :D

tagaproject6 08-15-12 01:10 PM


Originally Posted by wahoonc (Post 14609405)
She would take a taxi down to the impound yard, get it back, drive back to the campus and park it in the same spot. I know because I had it towed all three times. She was blocking our access area. I think she was a grad student...

Aaron :)

Damn...that's persistence!

wahoonc 08-15-12 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by tagaproject6 (Post 14609727)
Damn...that's persistence!

I prefer to refer to it as stupidity, ignorance can be cured with education... even sadder, when she came back after the second tow one of our guys told her to her face, that it could not be parked there or it would be towed...again. IIRC it cost about $200 every time it was towed. :rolleyes:

Aaron :)

caloso 08-15-12 03:48 PM


Originally Posted by PedalingFool (Post 14607562)
I don't live by any colleges but I ride past a lot of elementary schools... not sure what would be worse. Soccer moms in SUV's in a hurry to pick up little Junior and make it home in time to make dinner or the college kids.

I have often said I would rather ride through the bar district at 2am than past a school at 8am.

iheartbacon 08-16-12 12:43 PM

Another good one is this, sitting at a stop light and the car in the next lane takes off at full throttle when the light turns green. Seriously? You think racing a 300lb dude on a bicycle is going to give you Fast & Furious cred? How small is your dick bro? :roflmao2: :wtf:

caloso 08-16-12 12:59 PM


Originally Posted by iheartbacon (Post 14614335)
Another good one is this, sitting at a stop light and the car in the next lane takes off at full throttle when the light turns green. Seriously? You think racing a 300lb dude on a bicycle is going to give you Fast & Furious cred? How small is your dick bro? :roflmao2: :wtf:

This has happened to me and once I was able to catch up to the car at the next light. The driver was a dude so I gave him a big thumbs up and yelled really loud "Nice drivin' Danica!"

Keith99 08-16-12 02:43 PM


Originally Posted by PedalingFool (Post 14607562)
I don't live by any colleges but I ride past a lot of elementary schools... not sure what would be worse. Soccer moms in SUV's in a hurry to pick up little Junior and make it home in time to make dinner or the college kids.

Honestly both pale compared to High Schools in well to do areas. Kids with cars and distractions coupled with schools that don't care in the least there there is not nearly enough parkig for those cars. Plenty for teachers however in a teachers only lot.

It is the worst for open campus schools where there are vew nearby (as in walking distance) food places. Going by one of those during lunch is interesting to say the least.


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