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Noob Question about Bike Lanes

Old 01-14-20, 04:59 AM
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Holy crap! I guess I'm more comfortable riding with cars than even a lot of cyclists HERE.

I'd ride that stretch without much thought. Take a third of the lane, obey traffic laws, and generally act like a car. It's the legal and safest way to ride, imo. Try not to make motorists guess what you're doing, just like I expect from them. I've found that's where problems come in, when you (or a driver) do something unexpected.

Have fun. That's a LOT different terrain than where I zip around in my cold, gray, urban environment
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Old 01-14-20, 05:12 AM
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I would just add to the good advice already given to be as visible as possible, including a daylight-visible rear blinker. A car going 45 will overtake you very quickly. Probably they will be going 50 or more. I would avoid that road when busy (if it ever is), It can be harrowing when cars pass in opposite directions at that speed right as they're passing you. Looks like that is not likely. Also, do not worry about cars not being able to cross the double-yellow. They will do so if need to pass a cyclist.
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Old 01-27-20, 02:04 PM
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I just read this new article about these new biking road signs that the city of Ahwatukee put up recently and it reminded me of this discussion.
Pretty cool signs.
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Old 01-28-20, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by yukiinu View Post
If it's 1/4 mile a wide shoulder and little traffic I would go against traffic and fast.
Bad idea.

Originally Posted by ceebee4 View Post
Holy crap! I guess I'm more comfortable riding with cars than even a lot of cyclists HERE.

I'd ride that stretch without much thought. Take a third of the lane, obey traffic laws, and generally act like a car. It's the legal and safest way to ride, imo. Try not to make motorists guess what you're doing, just like I expect from them. I've found that's where problems come in, when you (or a driver) do something unexpected.

Have fun. That's a LOT different terrain than where I zip around in my cold, gray, urban environment
Yep. Nailed it.

Originally Posted by Metallifan33 View Post
I just read this new article about these new biking road signs that the city of Ahwatukee put up recently and it reminded me of this discussion.
Pretty cool signs.
Don't trust in "magic paint", learn now to ride in traffic - be a vehicle.

Cycling Savvy is all about how to ride in traffic and learning how to "take the lane" and then release it. Take one of their courses.

https://cyclingsavvy.org
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Old 01-28-20, 05:11 PM
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Arizona is an awesome cycling state. Most places I have ridden there are very cycling friendly so I think you will have no problem.

But as for me, my strategy would be plan ahead. Slow the pace, take a little breather, time between cars hope to not get one on your tail, then TIME TRIAL YOUR BUTT OFF!!!

I rode in Arizona, couple of organized rides, sweet!!! Casa Grande metric and Tour de Tucson. Awesome rides. I have done many California rides and they suck compared to Arizona!
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Old 01-29-20, 07:56 AM
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This is so bikeforums that we have a 5 page thread discussing whether it's safe to ride a 1/4 mile stretch of road that is frequently used by cyclists.
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Old 01-29-20, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
This is so bikeforums that we have a 5 page thread discussing whether it's safe to ride a 1/4 mile stretch of road that is frequently used by cyclists.
The question was answered on the 1st page, but a few A&S types(that have never been on this road) felt it was necessary to step in and give their opinion.
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