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10-29-13, 10:33 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,980
Posted By Zizka

Springfield has a beautiful street grid. The vast...

Springfield has a beautiful street grid. The vast majority of the traffic is likely a few blocks over on an arterial.

A multitude of quiet parallel routes is the best bike infrastructure money...
05-31-11, 10:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,334
Posted By Zizka

I'm in Arkansas. The Bicycle Friendly City...

I'm in Arkansas. The Bicycle Friendly City program is basically a gauge of how much money a city spends on bicycle related things. If the state program follows the same guidelines, then the grading...
05-02-11, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 786
Posted By Zizka

Would the result have been better if LAB had been...

Would the result have been better if LAB had been consulted? The same LAB that rewards cities with door zone bike lanes, coffin corners and bad cycling laws.
04-18-11, 07:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,878
Posted By Zizka

There was a thread about this some time ago. Look...

There was a thread about this some time ago. Look it up. The several of the sets of streets they compared had very little in common. A one way street with a cycle track compared with a two way street...
03-22-11, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By Zizka

The intro shows some door zone riding and someone...

The intro shows some door zone riding and someone making a left turn from the far right side of the road.
Three feet from parked cars is not enough.
Eye contact isn't worth that much in my...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-11, 01:12 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,172
Posted By Zizka

IANAL, but get the dashcam video. If it shows you...

IANAL, but get the dashcam video. If it shows you on the shoulder, ask the judge to dismiss the charges or for summary judgement or something like that. You might get a lawyer to write the motion for...
02-28-11, 08:55 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,338
Posted By Zizka

The paper has significantly different collision...

The paper has significantly different collision rates with sets 1, 3 and 4. The first set compares a one way street with a cycletrack to a two way street. The second set compares a street with a...
02-26-11, 03:02 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,338
Posted By Zizka

Did they actually compare similar streets? I...

Did they actually compare similar streets? I looked at the first set the researchers used on Google maps. The street with the cycle track is one way. The reference street is two way. The one way...
02-19-11, 09:54 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 4,924
Posted By Zizka

I hate that graph from New York. They have an...

I hate that graph from New York. They have an entire axis and they only use less than a quarter of it for the casualties. It hides that casualties leveled off as soon as ridership started going up.
02-15-11, 10:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 732
Posted By Zizka

I rented one in Greece that was pretty bad. The...

I rented one in Greece that was pretty bad. The surface of the cables were over 50% rust. I discovered on a climb that it had 2 functional gears and trying to use any more would cause the rear...
01-21-11, 08:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,091
Posted By Zizka

I agree, it needs more exaggeration. It currently...

I agree, it needs more exaggeration. It currently sounds like a newspaper comments section.
01-19-11, 07:12 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,597
Posted By Zizka

Avoid the RD. Appeal the citation if you can....

Avoid the RD.
Appeal the citation if you can. If fire codes or something like that are not involved, you might eventually get to someone who will tell the RD to spend his time on more important...
01-19-11, 03:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 556
Posted By Zizka

I hear breaking windows creates jobs too. ...

I hear breaking windows creates jobs too.

I'd rather have the repair work. The longitudinal cracks and potholes in some of the bike lanes around here kinda defeat the purpose of the paint.
12-17-10, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 937
Posted By Zizka

Trails aren't maintained in the winter at all....

Trails aren't maintained in the winter at all. It's not that big of a deal. We might have snow on the ground five days a year.
Lanes, when it gets icy, get the same gravel and sand coating as the...
12-16-10, 03:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,014
Posted By Zizka

Good advice in this thread. I would strongly...

Good advice in this thread. I would strongly suggest looking up the local advocacy group and seeing if they offer any classes on riding in traffic. A good class will quickly get you the skills and...
12-13-10, 10:24 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,726
Posted By Zizka

Today's the first day I'll have to break out all...

Today's the first day I'll have to break out all of my winter gear. I'm excited.
12-12-10, 07:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,272
Posted By Zizka

Step 1. Generate an awareness of cycling. ...

Step 1.
Generate an awareness of cycling.

Why do you think a bike lane will change the risk you face while on your bike?

If you are concerned about your safety while riding, I'd suggest...
12-06-10, 07:56 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,399
Posted By Zizka

I just agree with the commercial. For most...

I just agree with the commercial. For most people, riding a bike to save money is a rather poor choice due to the extra time that is often required.
12-06-10, 06:56 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,399
Posted By Zizka

Your time has value. If you don't like how I...

Your time has value. If you don't like how I value time, substitute however you wish to value the time you may save by driving.
12-06-10, 03:27 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,399
Posted By Zizka

(Commute Distance/MPG of your vehicle*Price of...

(Commute Distance/MPG of your vehicle*Price of Gas+Cost of Parking+Other Savings)-((Bicycle Commute time-Auto Commute time)*Minimum Wage)=Net Monetary Benefit of Bicycling to work
If your result is...
12-06-10, 01:13 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,399
Posted By Zizka

Drive to work, and with the time you save work...

Drive to work, and with the time you save work more. If your goal is to have as much money as possible, you will probably come out ahead by driving.
12-05-10, 11:33 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,399
Posted By Zizka

Unless you sell your car, riding a bike is a hard...

Unless you sell your car, riding a bike is a hard way to save money. Most of the costs are the relatively fixed costs of ownership.
12-02-10, 09:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,560
Posted By Zizka

In another example from Arkansas, my town,...

In another example from Arkansas, my town, Conway, prohibits using bikes on bike and ped paths thanks to leaving off the human powered exception in their definition of vehicle.

Luckily for...
11-27-10, 12:58 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 6,923
Posted By Zizka

I wear one when it's cold to help keep my head...

I wear one when it's cold to help keep my head warm, when it's wet outside, when I'm riding with other people and when I consider the probability of having my helmetlessness reported to my girlfriend...
11-23-10, 12:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,045
Posted By Zizka

The odds of being hit with a bullet drop very...

The odds of being hit with a bullet drop very quickly as distance from the shooter increases. If you are really worried about it, load up on the orange and avoid red, white, blue and black during...
11-19-10, 01:20 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,993
Posted By Zizka

I love em. There are several here, including two...

I love em. There are several here, including two on a high traffic four lane state highway. Reports seem to indicate that traffic is flowing much smoother than when those intersections were...
11-17-10, 05:20 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,139
Posted By Zizka

Eh, not really. There are far too many...

Eh, not really. There are far too many victim-less crimes against the state in traffic codes for them to be called libertarian. Get rid of laws forbidding stuff like running stop signs, speeding or...
11-17-10, 11:41 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,808
Posted By Zizka

Last year I would ride to class in 15F-20F. Two...

Last year I would ride to class in 15F-20F. Two miles up hill into the wind. The worst part was that I would dress for the ride, which meant a light jacket, a wind breaker, jeans and a ski mask. I'd...
11-11-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,769
Posted By Zizka

Riding against the flow of traffic will...

Riding against the flow of traffic will drastically increase your chances of being hit by a motor vehicle. Give this a read: http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/index.htm


In all...
11-08-10, 04:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,178
Posted By Zizka

For me, it would be a tie between people pulling...

For me, it would be a tie between people pulling out from a side street on my left and people passing me right into oncoming traffic. I can remember two of each where I either had to take evasive...
11-05-10, 05:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,626
Posted By Zizka

Fortunately for the victim, having an "important"...

Fortunately for the victim, having an "important" job usually means you have assets. Bring on the civil suit!
11-05-10, 01:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,285
Posted By Zizka

The only times I've used the stop signal to...

The only times I've used the stop signal to actually signal a stop are on group rides. I have used it to signal to cars about to pass me that that particular moment would not be a good time to pass...
11-03-10, 09:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,950
Posted By Zizka

Earlier story:...

Earlier story: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2010/jun/22/child-hit-vehicle-east-naples/

According to that, the guy on the bike was trying to cross the road from the sidewalk when the truck turned...
11-03-10, 08:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,449
Posted By Zizka

I'm sure Bikes Belong has been working hard at...

I'm sure Bikes Belong has been working hard at getting a new Congress critter to send money their way. That is probably the entire point of their People for Bikes campaign. I'd give it no more than a...
11-02-10, 05:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,371
Posted By Zizka

This is the important part. There are very few...

This is the important part. There are very few bad cops, but there are a lot of good cops that will protect the bad ones.
10-22-10, 03:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By Zizka

Coaster brakes do have heat problems on long...

Coaster brakes do have heat problems on long descents. I don't know if it results in brake fade, but the heat buildup in a coaster brake will melt the brake on a long and steep enough descent. Rim...
10-22-10, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 707
Posted By Zizka

The wind eventually clears them out around...

The wind eventually clears them out around December or January. Still have to watch out for a few spots where they accumulate pretty much year round.
10-18-10, 10:48 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,437
Posted By Zizka

It isn't hard to figure out. A company selling...

It isn't hard to figure out. A company selling helmets in the US only has to meet the CPSC standards, so they have two choices.
1. Make a slightly cheaper to manufacture, less protective helmet that...
10-17-10, 10:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,437
Posted By Zizka

The reason more companies aren't rated by Snell...

The reason more companies aren't rated by Snell is in your post. It costs money, and they only have to meet the minimum government standards. For a Chinese company, meeting the Snell standards sends...
10-17-10, 05:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,022
Posted By Zizka

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say the...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say the guy was shot over something other than the bike.
10-15-10, 11:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 704
Posted By Zizka

I don't care how Bikes Belong is funded, and I,...

I don't care how Bikes Belong is funded, and I, for the most part, don't care how they choose to spend their money. I do care when they jump on the congressional pork gravy train to get some bike...
10-15-10, 11:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 704
Posted By Zizka

They are going to visit your congress critter,...

They are going to visit your congress critter, and after a few drinks say "look at all the people who will vote for you for being the pro bike candidate." The worst email you would probably get would...
10-15-10, 03:18 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,437
Posted By Zizka

Some helmets meet the stricter Snell standards....

Some helmets meet the stricter Snell standards. Here is the full list: http://www.smf.org/certlist/std_B-90A_B-95A_B-90C_B-95C.html
10-14-10, 09:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,788
Posted By Zizka

I don't think he was talking about a decline in...

I don't think he was talking about a decline in the number of child cyclists, but rather a change in the mix of cyclists. The more adult cyclists there are, the lower the proportion of child...
10-13-10, 12:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,788
Posted By Zizka

I redid the graph linked in the blog post for New...

I redid the graph linked in the blog post for New York. I didn't like the scale used for the injuries. Of course it didn't give the numbers used for the graph, so I eyeballed them. These are numbers...
10-12-10, 06:13 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,751
Posted By Zizka

I would be willing to bet that we know more about...

I would be willing to bet that we know more about the hunting habits of Americans than their cycling habits.
10-07-10, 04:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,437
Posted By Zizka

Yeah. That area jumped out at me. The river,...

Yeah. That area jumped out at me. The river, railway and the ramps are all obstacles. Is the Centennial Trail worth anything transportation wise? If that could be extended on the south side of the...
10-06-10, 11:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,437
Posted By Zizka

I just looked at a street map for Spokane. I...

I just looked at a street map for Spokane. I might kill for a grid like that. If I didn't like the road I was on, there's a parallel road 100 or 200 yards away. That same grid makes it all the more...
10-05-10, 06:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,009
Posted By Zizka

There's a kangaroo that inhabits a field along...

There's a kangaroo that inhabits a field along one of the popular routes in my area. I'll have to watch that thing more closely.

Oh yeah, I'm in the US.
10-04-10, 03:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,106
Posted By Zizka

You're right. The bicycle industry only lost...

You're right. The bicycle industry only lost nearly a quarter of their customers (http://blog.rvms.com/2010/05/12/top-ten-bike-business-lies-4-advocacy-increases-ridership-part-2/) over the last 15...
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