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Forum: Commuting
08-20-10, 07:10 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,606
Posted By JohnBrooking

You mean like with bike lanes?

You mean like with bike lanes?
05-05-10, 10:59 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,931
Posted By JohnBrooking

Not that I expect it will do much good, but...

Not that I expect it will do much good, but perhaps LAB members ought to write to Andy Clark (http://www.bikeleague.org/contact/index.php) about this.
05-05-10, 10:57 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,931
Posted By JohnBrooking

I think the intepretation, which seems correct to...

I think the intepretation, which seems correct to me, is that the exceptions only apply when there is no bike lane, indicated by the phrase I've underlined. The implication is then that either you...
Forum: Commuting
05-01-10, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By JohnBrooking

Dog on leash ahead - ring bell or not?

I don't do much rural road riding, so my dog encounters have mostly been limited to dogs being walked on a leash by their owners on a residential street, and I've never really had a problem. But I do...
03-04-10, 12:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,324
Posted By JohnBrooking

Rather than go through the entire list, I'll just...

Rather than go through the entire list, I'll just refer to the "Five skill layers" presented in the series of slides starting here (http://cyclistview.com/ITC-Intro/slide12a.htm). They make sense to...
03-04-10, 12:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,361
Posted By JohnBrooking

My 9-year-old son was riding home from school...

My 9-year-old son was riding home from school last year. Driver A behind him slowed, Driver B behind Driver A rear-ended Driver A. My son was not hit, and proceeded home unscathed (not knowing what...
01-24-10, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By JohnBrooking

While it's probably impossible for any of us not...

While it's probably impossible for any of us not there to fully comprehend the situation, I do appreciate that bicycles are not on peoples' minds at the moment. That's why I said maybe no one's...
01-23-10, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By JohnBrooking

Does Haiti need bikes?

Back in 2005, I participated in a bike collection to send to the Gulf area after Hurricane Katrina. I'm wondering if anyone has heard anything about whether shipments of bikes might be useful for...
12-19-09, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,130
Posted By JohnBrooking

FYI, when I took it in today, the mechanic looked...

FYI, when I took it in today, the mechanic looked it over and decided that the problem was in fact moisture in the cable. This was based on the fact that the cable could still move both at the...
12-18-09, 09:04 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,182
Posted By JohnBrooking

Like: Not having to scrape a windshield in the...

Like: Not having to scrape a windshield in the morning!
12-17-09, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,130
Posted By JohnBrooking

I'm guessing this is the wet weather kit being...

I'm guessing this is the wet weather kit being referred to?

Alfine/Nexus Inter-8 Hub Wet Weather Cassette Joint (http://www.bikesonline.com/AlfineNexus-Inter8-Hub-Wet-Weather-Cassette-Joint.htm)
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12-17-09, 03:30 PM
Replies: 699
Views: 103,337
Posted By JohnBrooking

Five mile commute in Portland, Maine: 9*F, wind...

Five mile commute in Portland, Maine: 9*F, wind 10-15 MPH from north, wind chill -8*F.

http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/member/e/3/5/8/highres_8398200.jpeg

Polartec fleece "headsokz"...
12-17-09, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,130
Posted By JohnBrooking

Gear cable freezing up!

I have a Giant hybrid with an 8-speed internal hub, which I thought would be great for low-maintenance winter commuting. However, occasionally, moisture gets into either the cable or mechanism...
10-19-09, 11:21 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

You know, one of the really annoying things about...

You know, one of the really annoying things about this forum is how every little thing not spelled out to someone else's satisfaction is subject to being immediately held up as evidence of the...
10-18-09, 03:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

I did want to answer this, but got busy this week...

I did want to answer this, but got busy this week and didn't dare get sucked in! :innocent:

Consider this travel lane design:
...
10-10-09, 05:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

National certification is with the League of...

National certification is with the League of American Bicyclists (http://www.bikeleague.org/), League Cycling Instructor certification. Details at this page...
10-10-09, 01:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,114
Posted By JohnBrooking

Llamero, thanks for posting! I run a Bicycle...

Llamero, thanks for posting! I run a Bicycle Commuting Meetup group based in the Portland area (although it's online so theoretically one could participate from anywhere), and someone posted a link...
10-10-09, 12:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

That would be nice, wouldn't it? It is worth...

That would be nice, wouldn't it? It is worth noting that most of the European countries put more of just this type of emphasis on bicycling education than we do here. So I invite you to get certified...
10-10-09, 12:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

I assume you're referring to the law that all...

I assume you're referring to the law that all states already do have in some form ("Same rights and responsibilities", etc.). You may be right about human nature, but I know that I do ride with the...
10-10-09, 10:31 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

Bek, I have in mind specific facilities which...

Bek, I have in mind specific facilities which seem to me to go against the normal rules of the road for vehicles, which I assume a bike has more operational characteristics in common with than with...
10-10-09, 10:11 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

And all without bike lanes, presumably. ...

And all without bike lanes, presumably.

Rhetoric aside, I appreciate hearing more about your background. It's always good to attach some humanity to an online discussion participant. I have some...
10-10-09, 09:59 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

I would say it's more like "some roads are too...

I would say it's more like "some roads are too dangerous for riders like my kids, so bicycle riders who don't know the rules of the road shouldn't be part of the design consideration", on the...
10-10-09, 09:01 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

ILTB, obviously children and young teens want to...

ILTB, obviously children and young teens want to use their bikes to get around. Two of them are mine. At ages 9 and 11, I trust them on local streets, but they are not yet ready to tackle Main Street...
10-10-09, 05:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,609
Posted By JohnBrooking

Should facilities be designed for people who don't know the rules of the road?

[Ignore the word "for" in the second choice, it's left over from an edit and I can't change it now.]

I was in a meeting about facilities yesterday with some local bike people and traffic...
10-04-09, 06:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,296
Posted By JohnBrooking

Can I actually answer the original question? ;) ...

Can I actually answer the original question? ;)

Looks mostly like publicity to me. It's nice that it's reflective, but a sticker like that is most likely going to be put on the side of a tube,...
10-03-09, 07:36 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,534
Posted By JohnBrooking

The author cited his source in the comments, in...

The author cited his source in the comments, in response to someone else asking the same thing:


Someone on another mailing list I'm on made an insightful (and inciteful?) comment regarding the...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-09, 12:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 295
Posted By JohnBrooking

Female bike commuters in Brevard Co FL

I'm on a mailing list (http://www.helpareporter.com/) that matches reporters looking for specific information with sources that they can talk to. Here's a request that just came through. You can send...
09-30-09, 04:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,831
Posted By JohnBrooking

+1 again. In addition, it is also mostly men who...

+1 again. In addition, it is also mostly men who argue about things on the Internet.

Also +1 for Keri and Commute Orlando. She's got some great articles and videos. She also helped found a women's...
08-18-09, 07:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,453
Posted By JohnBrooking

Hey, I know you! :)

Hey, I know you! :)
08-18-09, 05:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,567
Posted By JohnBrooking

Agree with take it up with the police department,...

Agree with take it up with the police department, whether that's the chief, lieutenant, or whoever. Ask if he agrees with that.

You should also go further and contact your local bicycle advocacy...
08-18-09, 10:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,453
Posted By JohnBrooking

Certainly larger speed differentials are...

Certainly larger speed differentials are uncomfortable to most cyclists, but I think the fear is often greater than the real danger. That said, it seems to me that the biggest actual danger comes...
08-18-09, 06:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,453
Posted By JohnBrooking

Does speed matter?

Opinions seem to vary widely here. Beginners are afraid that motorists will get mad at them if they are out in the lane going slowly, so they stick to the side probably more than they should....
08-14-09, 06:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,203
Posted By JohnBrooking

What do you mean, "now"?

What do you mean, "now"?
08-13-09, 06:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,079
Posted By JohnBrooking

To me, it would feel hypocritical to ask for...

To me, it would feel hypocritical to ask for respect without giving it. It has to go both ways.

I'll admit I've never biked around Boston or any other major city, so I don't claim to know what...
08-13-09, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 727
Posted By JohnBrooking

*Friendly* editorial from a talk radio host

Head Strong: It's time for cyclists and motorists to reconcile (http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20090809_Head_Strong__It_s_time_for_cyclists_and_motorists_to_reconcile.html)
By Michael...
08-13-09, 06:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By JohnBrooking

Someone in my Commuting Meetup...

Someone in my Commuting Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Bike-Commuting/messages/boards/thread/6587130) (pics at end of thread)
07-24-09, 02:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,222
Posted By JohnBrooking

I think it's good to signal. You don't have to do...

I think it's good to signal. You don't have to do it continuously, but always do it before you move left, between look backs, and I personally prefer to do it for 2-5 seconds at a time occasionally...
07-17-09, 01:01 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,324
Posted By JohnBrooking

Ken, Since we are talking about country...

Ken,

Since we are talking about country roads, perhaps AJenkins meant coming around a curve, which depending on the radius could easily be done, and not infrequently is done, at 20 MPH. I assume...
07-17-09, 12:10 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,324
Posted By JohnBrooking

ILTB sees his purpose on these boards as never...

ILTB sees his purpose on these boards as never letting anyone else suffer under the illusion that they might possibly know anything. :rolleyes:

I'm assuming that by "no bike lane" you also mean...
07-13-09, 10:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,437
Posted By JohnBrooking

What you are trying to claim is that the death of...

What you are trying to claim is that the death of one cyclist who practiced vehicular cycling somehow proves that vehicular cycling is the wrong solution, because this person evidently was not able...
07-12-09, 10:01 PM
07-12-09, 09:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,437
Posted By JohnBrooking

As I said on that thread, a case of apparent...

As I said on that thread, a case of apparent mistaken judgment by an individual does not support or condemn an entire ideology, whether that ideology is VC or mode-specific facilities. VC does not...
07-12-09, 07:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,967
Posted By JohnBrooking

That's going a little far, don't you think? It's...

That's going a little far, don't you think? It's usually the VC people who are accused of taking one instance of personal tragedy and claiming that it proves their ideology. VC doesn't claim that it...
07-06-09, 05:44 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,624
Posted By JohnBrooking

Haven't read the whole thread, but here's my...

Haven't read the whole thread, but here's my opinion.

Bike lanes have some good, some bad. I'm still not sure how much one outweighs the other, and it likely depends on the situation.

Their...
06-30-09, 09:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 408
Posted By JohnBrooking

My state bicycle coalition...

My state bicycle coalition (http://www.bikemaine.org/) does 4-hour courses on Bike Safety and the Law to law enforcement, co-taught by a LAB LCI and a police officer. It's free to police departments,...
06-30-09, 07:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,000
Posted By JohnBrooking

That could be, but my point was that if those...

That could be, but my point was that if those cyclists didn't know they were allowed on the road until the paint told them so, do they and most non-cyclists yet understand that cyclists are also...
06-30-09, 07:05 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,000
Posted By JohnBrooking

All lanes are directions are already a single...

All lanes are directions are already a single color - black, with the exception of those that have these "special" treatments. Why not just start a massive education campaign that black now means...
06-28-09, 08:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,000
Posted By JohnBrooking

I disagree. In the video (I'm assuming the one...

I disagree. In the video (I'm assuming the one linked to here is the same one I've seen elsewhere), those young female riders didn't even know they were allowed to ride in the street until the paint...
06-28-09, 08:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,000
Posted By JohnBrooking

From another mailing list I'm on: ...

From another mailing list I'm on:





:)
06-28-09, 08:22 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,915
Posted By JohnBrooking

Other times this idea has come up here (about...

Other times this idea has come up here (about twice a year at least), people have pointed out this summary on the licensing idea done by the city of Toronto, in which they concluded it was...
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