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08-02-11, 12:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 860
Posted By JRA

Sharrows would have been good. The bike lane is...

Sharrows would have been good. The bike lane is horrible. It's sad that there are advocates that congratulate themselves for creating dangerous bike lanes like this.

A comment on the blog...
07-30-11, 12:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By JRA

The Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH), which uses...

The Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH), which uses kevlar, was disappointing. The latest attempt to make a bullet-stopping helmet, the Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) uses a "state of the art plastic."
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07-26-11, 12:20 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,478
Posted By JRA

There are lots of bus stops that aren't at...

There are lots of bus stops that aren't at crosswalks. Follow a bus sometime and see how many people who get of the bus jaywalk across the street. What's a person to do when the closest crosswalk is...
07-18-11, 02:16 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,421
Posted By JRA

I have bells on all my bicycles. I ring them...

I have bells on all my bicycles. I ring them occasionally, most often just to see if they're working.

If you're going to use a bell to alert pedestrians, you need to do it long before you reach...
07-18-11, 01:51 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,421
Posted By JRA

So, in Sweden, bicycle law makes no more sense...

So, in Sweden, bicycle law makes no more sense than it does in the U.S.

Interesting.
07-18-11, 12:25 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,421
Posted By JRA

I hate to suggest this because there are sure to...

I hate to suggest this because there are sure to be some jack-leg legislators somewhere who would think it a good idea but, if the nannys of the world really want to solve the problem of bicyclists...
07-13-11, 07:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,431
Posted By JRA

That's one issue. Another issue is that the...

That's one issue. Another issue is that the heading of IC 9-21 refers to "other vehicles," implying that the section applies to vehicles. For the purposes of IC 9-21, a bicycle is not a vehicle:
...
07-11-11, 07:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,431
Posted By JRA

I made it up. Or, rather, guessed. My bad.

I made it up. Or, rather, guessed. My bad.
07-11-11, 03:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,431
Posted By JRA

The South Dakota law may not be as bad as I...

The South Dakota law may not be as bad as I initially thought.

The first problem I have is the heading, which gives the wrong impression of what the S.D. law says. The bigger problem is the fact...
07-10-11, 08:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,431
Posted By JRA

Who told you that? It's wrong. So incredibly...

Who told you that? It's wrong. So incredibly wrong.

There are areas of the law that, because of the techinical nature of the subject, contain terms that aren't common English but we're talking...
07-10-11, 02:33 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,431
Posted By JRA

It's interesting to me, too. Considering the...

It's interesting to me, too. Considering the quality of many laws that come from the Missouri legislature, my expectations are fairly low. But I do like the Missouri law, especially when comparing it...
07-09-11, 01:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,431
Posted By JRA

I've found a state that has a bicycle specific...

I've found a state that has a bicycle specific ride right law I like. In fact, I live there.

It would be impossible to obey South Dakota law and ride safely, so I'm going to stay out of South...
07-07-11, 09:12 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,734
Posted By JRA

I wish I knew. The only thing I can figure is...

I wish I knew. The only thing I can figure is that in the nearly 100 years my family has lived in our city we haven't paid enough in property taxes to cover the pennies a year in damage I might do...
07-07-11, 08:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,431
Posted By JRA

I doubt there are many who have considered your...

I doubt there are many who have considered your opinions more than I have. I have been studying your ideas for years and devoting far more time to them than they deserve. Your have raised the term...
07-07-11, 08:06 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,734
Posted By JRA

Another perspective

I was a serious runner in a former life (and used bicycling as cross-training). I have since become a dedicated transportational bicyclist. I have logged a lot of miles both as a runner and a...
07-07-11, 11:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,431
Posted By JRA

Both those laws suck. I'd prefer not to be...

Both those laws suck. I'd prefer not to be subject to either of those laws.

The safety of the bicyclist is surely not the point of the bicycle FRAP law you quote, exceptions in the fine print...
12-22-10, 01:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,927
Posted By JRA

A meaningless exercise (though perhaps an...

A meaningless exercise (though perhaps an interesting idea) and a meaningless result. Garbage in, garbage out.

I would ask how it is possible to disentagle the word "bike," meaning bicycle, from...
12-13-10, 11:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,515
Posted By JRA

The devil, and what you call it, is in the...

The devil, and what you call it, is in the details.

If there are high-speed merges, I call it dangerous.

If there are Stop signals or traffic lights at the entrances, I call it inefficient.
...
12-13-10, 11:00 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,651
Posted By JRA

LOL Drunk and bitter or not, you've hit the nail...

LOL Drunk and bitter or not, you've hit the nail on the head. The idea that bicyclists are an oppressed minority is a load of Forester-inspired crackpotism that should be an embarassment to those who...
11-29-10, 07:30 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 6,709
Posted By JRA

I was a teenager riding an adult bicycle. But I...

I was a teenager riding an adult bicycle. But I was acting like a kid.

In the first and by far the most serious case, I'm guessing I was about 14 years old (which would make it about 47 yrs. ago)....
11-28-10, 09:10 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 6,709
Posted By JRA

For over twenty years, I wore a helmet every time...

For over twenty years, I wore a helmet every time I rode. In the last five years or so, I have not worn a helmet once. Currently, I don't even own a bicycle helmet.

For the first ten-plus years...
11-16-10, 12:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 879
Posted By JRA

I know. I was being facetious.

I know. I was being facetious.
11-15-10, 08:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 879
Posted By JRA

Except for the pressure problem, it's a great...

Except for the pressure problem, it's a great idea. We all know how difficult it is to blow up a bicycle tire using an actual pump.
10-27-10, 12:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,148
Posted By JRA

According to the website, the yellow, red and...

According to the website, the yellow, red and green trails are pedestrian only. The orange trail is multi-use.
10-24-10, 08:26 AM
Replies: 313
Views: 13,721
Posted By JRA

A bicycle and a rider. The rest is just details. ...

A bicycle and a rider. The rest is just details.

Taken literally, the premise of this thread is absurd. As a metaphor, it's a stretch.

Over eleven page now. Ain't snobbery grand - And it works...
10-20-10, 10:38 AM
Replies: 313
Views: 13,721
Posted By JRA

Sheesh! If you have to change clothes to ride,...

Sheesh! If you have to change clothes to ride, what good is it?

Urban cycling must be pretty feeble if it can be killed by a fabric.

It ain't nobody else's business what I wear when I ride.
...
09-24-10, 02:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,248
Posted By JRA

In this case, it wouldn't have been too...

In this case, it wouldn't have been too difficult. Mitchell's driving record sucked even before this accident, and included one crash that resulted in a $17 million civil judgment. The culture at...
09-24-10, 12:35 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,248
Posted By JRA

I don't have anything against cops in general but...

I don't have anything against cops in general but I have a lot against this particular cop.

And, to a lesser extent, against whoever let him get behind the wheel of a police car. If state police...
09-23-10, 06:52 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,248
Posted By JRA

Aargh! This is very old and very sad story...

Aargh!

This is very old and very sad story that everyone in the St. Louis area I'm sure is quite familiar with. It has nothing to do with bicycling. I have no sympathy for the jackass excuse for a...
09-16-10, 01:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,596
Posted By JRA

This belongs in the satire forum. Very funny. Not...

This belongs in the satire forum. Very funny. Not what I expected based on the thread title.
08-20-10, 01:17 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 19,693
Posted By JRA

So it appears that John Forester and his deluded...

So it appears that John Forester and his deluded lap-dog followers aren't the only misguided idologues who believe in crackpot conspiracy theories. You really are the mirror image of Forester.
08-20-10, 12:32 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 19,693
Posted By JRA

It appears that Bek is not entirely consistant in...

It appears that Bek is not entirely consistant in his support for riding legally in the lane, especially if the person riding in the lane is someone with whom he has had ideological disagreement.
08-20-10, 12:26 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 19,693
Posted By JRA

I agree. That's an extemely odd position. I'd add...

I agree. That's an extemely odd position. I'd add that it's insulting to many. I'd hate to argue that position. It's yet another case of ideology getting in the way of common sense.
08-20-10, 12:14 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 19,693
Posted By JRA

I said: You <bek> apparently want bicyclist...

I said: You <bek> apparently want bicyclist confined to riding on the shoulder, which is NOT the law in most states.

Since Bek has argued that riding in the roadway according to the law is...
08-20-10, 12:04 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 19,693
Posted By JRA

I agree with this although I do think he had a...

I agree with this although I do think he had a right to ride where he was riding.


No way, no how. This case is a sad day for cycling advocacy.
08-20-10, 11:42 AM
Replies: 663
Views: 19,693
Posted By JRA

I don't know but, from what I do know, his...

I don't know but, from what I do know, his defense seems to have been incompetent.
08-20-10, 11:38 AM
Replies: 663
Views: 19,693
Posted By JRA

Since when is riding according to the law...

Since when is riding according to the law reckless? You're totally wrong about this and are losing credibility. You apparently want bicyclist confined to riding on the shoulder, which is NOT the law...
08-20-10, 10:41 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,232
Posted By JRA

If the question is simply one of the right to...

If the question is simply one of the right to ride on the road as opposed to the shoulder, then I think it's a simple case. A bicylist has that right.

Asserting more than a right, which the...
08-20-10, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 503
Posted By JRA

Mileage data is available for automobiles but is...

Mileage data is available for automobiles but is based mostly on guesses for bicycles. Not all accidents get reported. The estimated error in stats for bicycling is large. It's fairly easy for...
08-14-10, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 718
Posted By JRA

I hate it when that happens. It's a sure...

I hate it when that happens. It's a sure indication of a website I want to avoid. They could put the whole thing on one page. Websites like that are garbage by definition and the people who make them...
08-04-10, 01:57 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,177
Posted By JRA

Bike paths are bike paths in name only. Most are...

Bike paths are bike paths in name only. Most are actually multi-use paths.

Mandatory pedestrian path laws are as stupid as mandatory bike path laws are for bicyclists.

Here's a thought: If...
08-04-10, 01:53 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,177
Posted By JRA

I think you're right. The one path for walking...

I think you're right. The one path for walking and one for biking thing rarely works very well.
07-20-10, 10:37 AM
Replies: 1,064
Views: 30,978
Posted By JRA

My tinfoil hat protects me from cell phone...

My tinfoil hat protects me from cell phone radiation.
07-18-10, 11:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,680
Posted By JRA

I doubt the accident was the impetus for the bill...

I doubt the accident was the impetus for the bill but parents of a 16-year old who ran off the road to avoid hitting bicyclists made the most spectacular presentation in favor of the bill when it was...
07-18-10, 06:44 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,680
Posted By JRA

In defense of the 16-year old, she did choose to...

In defense of the 16-year old, she did choose to run into a tree rather than bicyclists.

But it is obvious that the accident was the 16-year old's fault. Interestingly, Councilman Brazil didn't...
07-13-10, 09:08 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,680
Posted By JRA

If a driver is going so fast that they can't...

If a driver is going so fast that they can't stop, then they need to slow down and pay attention. A 55 mph speed limit doesn't mean you have to drive 55 mph or that it's necessarily safe, especially...
07-05-10, 07:57 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 11,595
Posted By JRA

VC-ism may be largely unknown in international...

VC-ism may be largely unknown in international circles (it's not all that well-known in the U.S.) but, to anyone familiar with it, the fact that VC-ism fights "tooth and nail against virtually any...
07-05-10, 10:50 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,343
Posted By JRA

I'm as free as a breeze And I ride where I...

I'm as free as a breeze
And I ride where I please
Saddle tramp, saddle tramp

I can ride away from the edge of the road even when there is other traffic, the legal fantasies of others...
07-02-10, 09:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,767
Posted By JRA

Whenever I see a cyclist connected to a dog, my...

Whenever I see a cyclist connected to a dog, my first thought is, "look at this idiot!" It's possible that I can coexist but the dog had better be damn well behaved!

A pedestrian has as much right...
06-26-10, 08:37 PM
Replies: 1,064
Views: 30,978
Posted By JRA

Yes! There are few things the legendary Sheldon...

Yes! There are few things the legendary Sheldon Brown was wrong about. He was right that the rear brake adds little to braking power in a panic stop but wrong that it adds nothing. The idea that 100%...
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