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Forum: Commuting
03-29-05, 12:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,107
Posted By Helmet-Head

Motorists sometimes run lights. I find that...

Motorists sometimes run lights. I find that simply accepting that as a fact of life over which I have no control allows me to focus on more pleasant aspects of life.

Motorists sometimes run...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-05, 10:54 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Yes, but: Automobile drivers typically...

Yes, but:

Automobile drivers typically drive their cars in the center of their lanes, leaving the space between their car and the stripe to separate themselves from the car in the adjacent lane,...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-05, 12:06 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Good questions. Motorists should slow for me...

Good questions.

Motorists should slow for me because:

I was there first.
I'm vulnerable.
I'm on two wheels and may need to make a sudden adjustment in lateral position to avoid a...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 08:11 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,036
Posted By Helmet-Head

More to the point... so what?. I guess I...

More to the point... so what?.

I guess I missed the headline:


Soccer Mom, angry at being delayed from picking up daughter at school, runs down cyclist

:rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 06:32 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Indeed. It would help if you stated what you...

Indeed. It would help if you stated what you thought the problem was, and then I could tell you if I agree or not...



Yes? Of course? Do you mean 100% separated? If so, then, yes, I agree...
03-28-05, 05:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,295
Posted By Helmet-Head

How many days, or hours, do you think it would...

How many days, or hours, do you think it would take for the dust, dirt, sand, rocks and debris to start collecting on your Dream Road without motor vehicles to the point where you'd have to be on a...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 04:42 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,036
Posted By Helmet-Head

Who are the worst? I don't run into enough...

Who are the worst? I don't run into enough problematic motorists to remember what "class" or "classes" the last one might have belonged to compared to the class of the next one I run into weeks, if...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 03:12 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

What does "separating cars from the rest of the...

What does "separating cars from the rest of the world" mean?

I'm talking about traffic separation. In traffic, should cyclists and motorists be integrated or separated, and to what extent?


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Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 02:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,130
Posted By Helmet-Head

You guys are cracking me up. I know about the...

You guys are cracking me up. I know about the importance of looking over one's shoulder! It communicates an intent to merge. In this case, I have no such intent, and so do not want to convey the...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 02:18 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Several people have said something similar to...

Several people have said something similar to this... I don't get it.

At restrooms do we separate the boys from the girls or the girls from the boys?
Is it Kosher to separate the meat from the...
03-28-05, 02:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,810
Posted By Helmet-Head

Much of this guy's rant is directed against the...

Much of this guy's rant is directed against the premise that bicycles are vehicles. Yet, bicycles are not vehicles.

He says he read an ad in the SP that said, "bikes are vehicles". If it said...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 01:20 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Diane, thank you very much for this. ...

Diane, thank you very much for this.

Somebody recently accused me of not accepting the points of view of others or something. Yet this post is a great example of what I'm looking for on this...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 01:10 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

IF you want to convince me that I have to...

IF you want to convince me that I have to reexamine my separatist attitude about pedestrians, then, yes you do HAVE to address what I have already said about it.
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 12:10 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

I participate on the boards of two local cycling...

I participate on the boards of two local cycling organizations in my area (San Diego), thank you very much.

My purpose here is to learn how to convey cycling ideas (those of others as well as my...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-05, 11:33 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

The source of the standard and universal...

The source of the standard and universal vehicular rules of the road is a very interesting question, and I've been wondering about it myself. One thing is for sure... they're not from Forester! ...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 07:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,130
Posted By Helmet-Head

I only use the weaving/zig-zag technique while...

I only use the weaving/zig-zag technique while riding in a bike lane and see in my mirror that motorists coming from behind are not slowing down and/or their path is too close to me.
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 07:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,130
Posted By Helmet-Head

There is nothing deceitful or unpredictable about...

There is nothing deceitful or unpredictable about these techniques, and I resent the implication that they are! These are legitimate forms of communciation.

The slow/stop signal is similar to...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 06:35 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Bruce, your examples are specific to a...

Bruce, your examples are specific to a particular jurisdiction (North Carolina), and, therefore, are not standard (except for North Carolina) or universal by definition.

However, I understand...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 06:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,130
Posted By Helmet-Head

There are events and conditions that should cause...

There are events and conditions that should cause motorists to take notice, slow down, and adjust lane positions. I suggest that the presence of a cyclist on the roadway constitutes such an event or...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 05:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,130
Posted By Helmet-Head

Close and fast passing of cyclists by motorists...

Close and fast passing of cyclists by motorists can be dangerous. Cyclists can fall, swerve or suddenly leave their path at almost any time, because of losing their balance (usually only when moving...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 04:44 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,357
Posted By Helmet-Head

Oh, they slow down for me, I assure you. One...

Oh, they slow down for me, I assure you.

One of the surprise side benefits of using a mirror is learning how to control passing motorists in terms of slowing them down and getting them to move...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 03:54 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Well, then, are you also troubled by the vehicle...

Well, then, are you also troubled by the vehicle code that governs bicycle use on the roadways that is also based on situation rather than characteristics of the vehicle? For example, the "keep to...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 03:12 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

No. The "standard vehicular rules of the...

No.

The "standard vehicular rules of the road" are the basic universal rules that apply in all jurisdictions in the world (except for the right/left bias), and upon which the laws in the various...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 02:37 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

I don't know of anyone who advocates what you...

I don't know of anyone who advocates what you characterize here as "pure VC". The only VC I know is what you describe as "RVC". VC definitely "allows for bicycles as slow-moving, non-motorized...
03-25-05, 02:07 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,569
Posted By Helmet-Head

It's the old...

It's the old Disneyland-safety-expectations-in-the-wilderness problem. People attempting to pose their kids for photos by trying to put them on the backs of wild buffalo in Yellowstone comes to...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 01:03 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,357
Posted By Helmet-Head

There are many different arguments against bike...

There are many different arguments against bike lanes. One of them is that many bike lanes are bad design. But this argument does not apply to all bike lanes, and an uphill bike lane like the one...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 12:33 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,357
Posted By Helmet-Head

I'm having trouble picturing this one... Say...

I'm having trouble picturing this one...

Say the street you're on is A Street, and you're northbound coming to the intersection with 1st Street.
Before you get to 1st, you pull over to the right...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 12:17 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

The main thing is you gotta do what works. ...

The main thing is you gotta do what works.

On my commute there is an intersection that follows a steep downhill. The speed limit is 45. I typically go 35-40 on the downhill (for San Diegans, I'm...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-05, 12:01 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

What do you mean, yikes? Not having to worry...

What do you mean, yikes? Not having to worry about some blowhard cager...
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You don't seem to get it.
Bike paths are fine - as long as you're free to choose whether to use them or use the...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 11:44 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Diane, FYI - the handbook is online at...

Diane, FYI - the handbook is online at dmv.ca.gov/pubs/pubs.htm
I prefer to refer directly to the CA vehicle code, which is also online there, which the handbook is based on, and which is the actual...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 11:29 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

Bruce - thank you. Gene - I'm disappointed. I...

Bruce - thank you.
Gene - I'm disappointed. I did not dismiss your 659 counterpoints in my 662 post. 662 speaks for itself.
03-24-05, 09:17 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 8,019
Posted By Helmet-Head

Your argument is true... to a point. Don't...

Your argument is true... to a point.

Don't forget... the law of diminishing returns.

But, there are variables other than experience that also come into play.
Say you study and learn from...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 08:58 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Diane, one specific change is the way you have...

Diane, one specific change is the way you have started using references to the CA Driver's Handbook (which is great, by the way!)

Can you find even one post of yours that's more than a week or two...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 08:49 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

Gene, in addition to the counter points to my...

Gene, in addition to the counter points to my argument that you made in #659, you also made three statements of your opinion about my general opinions about bike lanes which did not constitute a...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 08:34 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

Treespeed, buddy, give me a break, please! ...

Treespeed, buddy, give me a break, please!



I defined "taking the lane" only after spang621 implicitly asked for a confirmation/clarification of his understanding what it means. Specifically,...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 07:25 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

You said needed. Pathways can provide shortcuts,...

You said needed. Pathways can provide shortcuts, and I use them myself in my neck of the woods, thank you very much. But it's mostly only because of access limited by, well, limited access roadways...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 07:18 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

To provide an objective means by which to...

To provide an objective means by which to determine whether a given opinion is just that, an opinion, or whether it is supported by logic and reason based on reasonable premises.

I'm willing to...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 07:14 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

This an update to the argument I originally...

This an update to the argument I originally presented in post #663.
It's fundamentally the same. I've just clarified some of the stuff, added a lot of detail, and broken it up into assumptions,...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 05:43 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

I'm just lazy. Presenting the argument that...

I'm just lazy.

Presenting the argument that WOLs are more beneficial to cyclists than are BLs is easier than presenting the argument that a narrow lane is more beneficial to cyclists than a wide...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 05:31 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

How can I accept something that does not exist? ...

How can I accept something that does not exist?
You have not even addressed the logic presented in the post #658 argument, much less challenged it.

By the way, it's not my logic. It's either...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 02:13 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

Gene, tossing our opinions at each other does not...

Gene, tossing our opinions at each other does not get us anywhere.

We have established certain points on which I agree. I have taken those points, and presented a logical argument based on those...
03-24-05, 01:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,164
Posted By Helmet-Head

Cars are the ultimate equalizers. People who...

Cars are the ultimate equalizers. People who feel suppressed or inadequate in other aspects of their lives feel liberated to finally behave assertively when enclosed in 2 tons of steel.

It's...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-05, 12:52 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

These are ad hominem attacks and non sequitor...

These are ad hominem attacks and non sequitor points that do not even address the argument I presented in #658. So, I'm ignoring them.



I do not dispute that in general lane lines help vehicle...
03-24-05, 12:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,164
Posted By Helmet-Head

I suspect that the more a cyclist expects to be...

I suspect that the more a cyclist expects to be given special pedestrian-ish consideration by drivers (perhaps because he thinks of himself as a pedestrian who happens to be on a bicycle), the more...
03-24-05, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 808
Posted By Helmet-Head

I think the more important lesson here is to take...

I think the more important lesson here is to take extra special care at any point where a path intersects a roadway (or parking lot).

Even without a stop sign, you should have slowed to pedestrian...
03-24-05, 11:32 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 6,560
Posted By Helmet-Head

All I'm saying is that you should be very careful...

All I'm saying is that you should be very careful when passing on the right (undertaking) - you are likely to not be expected or anticipated by potential cross traffic, and that bike lanes make it...
03-24-05, 11:26 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 8,019
Posted By Helmet-Head

I have not yet read, "The Art of Urban Cycling",...

I have not yet read, "The Art of Urban Cycling", but that is very contrary to my experience.
03-23-05, 08:28 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,349
Posted By Helmet-Head

In CA at least, the "usual slow vehicle laws"...

In CA at least, the "usual slow vehicle laws" only apply on 2 lane highways (this was 4 lane).

CA CVC 21656 (http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21656.htm) On a two-lane highway where passing...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-05, 08:10 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,759
Posted By Helmet-Head

I still want to know what he or I have written...

I still want to know what he or I have written that gave you the impression that our positions implied that cars and bikes are "equivalent".



You know, all people are different, but that...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-05, 06:42 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 13,288
Posted By Helmet-Head

Cite the data that shows BL are more dangerous......

Cite the data that shows BL are more dangerous... or is it simply your assumption.
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My assertion that the BL situation is dangerous is not based on data, nor is it an assumption.

It's...
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