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02-02-09, 11:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By DCCommuter

As a practical matter, how would "adding bike...

As a practical matter, how would "adding bike lane stencils and arrows" benefit cyclists? If the shoulder is there and is suitable for riding, cyclists will use it. If it's not suitable for riding,...
Forum: Commuting
01-31-09, 10:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,019
Posted By DCCommuter

It's not accidental that there was no mention of...

It's not accidental that there was no mention of the bicycle. The cop was trying to pin a pedestrian violation on you -- failure to use a crosswalk. He was trying to make it sound like you were on...
01-30-09, 09:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,490
Posted By DCCommuter

This is more of a minor tweak to the law than a...

This is more of a minor tweak to the law than a radical departure. Current VA law is that operators of vehicles must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. This bill just strengthens current law. ...
Forum: Commuting
01-20-09, 02:14 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 5,899
Posted By DCCommuter

Biking was great, the whole family went with some...

Biking was great, the whole family went with some friends. Really no problems with traffic. Parking was a snap too, the Park Service had lined the entire mall with bike racks. Actually the Park...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-09, 04:25 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,956
Posted By DCCommuter

I actually agree with that, first time this...

I actually agree with that, first time this thread I've agreed with someone. Although my friends hate to drive with me.
Forum: Commuting
01-19-09, 02:47 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,956
Posted By DCCommuter

What's missing from your analysis is that the...

What's missing from your analysis is that the "spirit" argument can only be used to make the law more lenient, not stricter. If you are not obeying the letter of the law, you can successfully make...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-09, 12:48 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,956
Posted By DCCommuter

Ohio code 4511.55(b) covers riding abreast. ...

Ohio code 4511.55(b) covers riding abreast.


It says nothing about the presence of traffic.
Forum: Commuting
01-19-09, 09:35 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,956
Posted By DCCommuter

I don't see where this says you have to use the...

I don't see where this says you have to use the shoulder.

The law gives you three choices of where to ride when a bike lane has not been provided:
"near the right-hand curb"
"[near the] edge of...
01-17-09, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By DCCommuter

The line looks to be a couple of inches off the...

The line looks to be a couple of inches off the handlebar. I'd prefer a couple of feet.
11-21-08, 11:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 746
Posted By DCCommuter

As far as I can tell, the bike box assumes that...

As far as I can tell, the bike box assumes that the way cyclists want to make left turns is to hug the curb up to the stop line, and then take a bee-line to the curb on the cross street. I'm sorry,...
Forum: Commuting
11-20-08, 08:14 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,696
Posted By DCCommuter

I've had my brake cables cut by random vandals.

I've had my brake cables cut by random vandals.
Forum: Commuting
11-20-08, 08:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,611
Posted By DCCommuter

What I hate is when someone won't pass me and...

What I hate is when someone won't pass me and then the following drivers treat me like it's my fault.
Forum: Commuting
11-19-08, 10:43 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 5,899
Posted By DCCommuter

Generally bike is the best way to get to any kind...

Generally bike is the best way to get to any kind of big event downtown. It may still be for the inaugural, although this will be an event unlike any before. The current talk is 4 million people,...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-08, 04:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,255
Posted By DCCommuter

I'm actually amazed at how reasonable most of the...

I'm actually amazed at how reasonable most of the comments are. Here's a much better blog entry: the Myth of the Scofflaw Cyclist -- http://washcycle.typepad.com/home/2008/07/the-myth-of-the.html
...
11-15-08, 03:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,653
Posted By DCCommuter

We had a case here in DC where a motorist ran...

We had a case here in DC where a motorist ran over an officer who was directing traffic and killed him. This was at rush hour at a notoriously clogged intersection -- Wisconsin and M. No charges of...
11-14-08, 11:07 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,765
Posted By DCCommuter

More to the point, if there was a quarter mile of...

More to the point, if there was a quarter mile of traffic backed up, how did the officer ever get to the front of the line to pull him over?
11-14-08, 09:42 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,624
Posted By DCCommuter

When you call them, ask them to look at something...

When you call them, ask them to look at something called the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). You can read about it here:...
Forum: Commuting
11-14-08, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 658
Posted By DCCommuter

The forecast is for heavy rain during both...

The forecast is for heavy rain during both scheduled events. I hope the cops have fun. My recollection is the same thing happened in October.
11-14-08, 07:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,624
Posted By DCCommuter

Is that really a bike lane (i.e. with bike lane...

Is that really a bike lane (i.e. with bike lane signs) or is it really a shoulder?
Forum: Commuting
11-14-08, 07:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 749
Posted By DCCommuter

You should only use your front brake for normal...

You should only use your front brake for normal stopping. See: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html for a complete description.

If braking and signaling is a big concern, put your front...
11-13-08, 07:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,003
Posted By DCCommuter

There is zero -- none, nada, nil -- evidence that...

There is zero -- none, nada, nil -- evidence that bike lanes reduce accidents and injuries.
11-13-08, 06:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,094
Posted By DCCommuter

The mandatory sidepath law was overturned a long...

The mandatory sidepath law was overturned a long time ago -- because it contravened state law.
Forum: Commuting
11-05-08, 03:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,321
Posted By DCCommuter

I built my own 700c disc wheel and I'm very happy...

I built my own 700c disc wheel and I'm very happy with the outcome. It's not a common configuration so your options are pretty limited in prebuilt wheels.

However, you can buy pre-made wheels...
11-04-08, 01:51 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 9,021
Posted By DCCommuter

No state says that. What they say is that either...

No state says that. What they say is that either a bicycle is a vehicle, or a bicycle is a device but the operator of a bicycle has the rights and obligations of an operator of a vehicle when it is...
11-03-08, 09:23 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 9,021
Posted By DCCommuter

It's worse than that, the law they quoted is for...

It's worse than that, the law they quoted is for motor vehicles, doesn't apply to bicycles. And the speed limit has to be over 35. And so on.

Basically, it's legal to ride a bike on this road. ...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-08, 04:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,309
Posted By DCCommuter

Highway is lawyer-speak for road.

Highway is lawyer-speak for road.
11-02-08, 02:26 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 9,021
Posted By DCCommuter

You have to think long and hard about what...

You have to think long and hard about what exactly you wish to accomplish.

I'm going to give your dean and the cops the benefit of the doubt and say they honestly believe that what you are doing...
11-01-08, 05:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,659
Posted By DCCommuter

I am so jealous that you live in a place where...

I am so jealous that you live in a place where someone acting like a jerk is such a rare occurence that merely witnessing it inspires you to act, confronting the jerk-actor on the spot, and then...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-08, 08:41 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,432
Posted By DCCommuter

Here is what Ohio law allows localities to do: ...

Here is what Ohio law allows localities to do:



Section 4511.051 prohibits the operation of bicycles on limited access highways.

Now, under Ohio law, the crosswalk is clearly part of the...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-08, 07:34 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,432
Posted By DCCommuter

There's no law against riding on the sidewalk in...

There's no law against riding on the sidewalk in the wrong direction. It's not a good idea, but it's legal.
Forum: Commuting
10-31-08, 07:32 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,432
Posted By DCCommuter

Under the "Better Ohio Bicycling Bill," signed...

Under the "Better Ohio Bicycling Bill," signed into law in 2006, the power of localities to create regulations for cyclists is limited.


Full text is here:...
10-30-08, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 482
Posted By DCCommuter

WABA has Productive Meeting with MPD

I was astonished to read this week of meeting that representatives of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) had with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and DC Department of...
10-30-08, 03:54 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 9,021
Posted By DCCommuter

No. Call his bluff. Unless the lane is...

No. Call his bluff. Unless the lane is extraordinarily wide, there's no way you want to be sharing it with a school bus.

How much of a real inconvenience are you creating? It's one thing if he...
10-29-08, 10:08 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,765
Posted By DCCommuter

I wouldn't be surprised if the officer is also...

I wouldn't be surprised if the officer is also lying about getting lots of complaints.
10-29-08, 09:53 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,765
Posted By DCCommuter

The shoulder is not part of the roadway. The law...

The shoulder is not part of the roadway. The law says you have to keep right as practicable on the roadway. There's no legal requirement to use the shoulder, even if not doing so impedes traffic.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-08, 08:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,604
Posted By DCCommuter

They modulate better. They work even if the...

They modulate better. They work even if the wheel is slightly out of true. The pads last much longer. They keep their adjustment better.

All advantages for commuting.
Forum: Commuting
10-29-08, 02:34 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,432
Posted By DCCommuter

Clearly, the law is not as the police say.

Clearly, the law is not as the police say.
Forum: Commuting
10-29-08, 10:53 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,432
Posted By DCCommuter

The law varies from state to state. Ohio law...

The law varies from state to state.
Ohio law permits riding on sidewalks, but allows municipalities to prohibit it. Ohio law is silent on crosswalks and bicycles.

When the law is silent, case...
10-27-08, 03:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,465
Posted By DCCommuter

I've paid tax on every bike I've ever owned. ...

I've paid tax on every bike I've ever owned. Sales tax. Rate is the same for cars and bikes here.

If you look into the issue, you'll find that most roads that cyclists use -- i.e.,...
10-27-08, 12:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,086
Posted By DCCommuter

Here's a link to the last Washington, DC fatality...

Here's a link to the last Washington, DC fatality we were discussing:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/03/AR2007020301735.html
10-25-08, 10:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,086
Posted By DCCommuter

The cyclist/pedestrian story was one paragraph,...

The cyclist/pedestrian story was one paragraph, maybe two, inside the metro section. Almost no details.



There's no way the Post covers 400 auto fatalities a year.
10-24-08, 05:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,086
Posted By DCCommuter

As I recall, in the case that Invisiblehand...

As I recall, in the case that Invisiblehand mentions the newspaper coverage said that the last time a pedestrian had been killed in the area by a collision with a cyclist was 26 years earlier. In...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-08, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 653
Posted By DCCommuter

My observation is: on the same road, same time of...

My observation is: on the same road, same time of day, I get a lot more space from motorists when I'm riding in the dark with good lights than I do riding in daylight.
10-24-08, 11:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,457
Posted By DCCommuter

Operating a lawful vehicle on a public road is...

Operating a lawful vehicle on a public road is "extreme"?
10-22-08, 04:05 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 5,997
Posted By DCCommuter

As it is here in DC. Here's what the relevant...

As it is here in DC. Here's what the relevant law says here: "A person operating a bicycle may overtake and pass other vehicles on the left or right side, staying in the same lane as the overtaken...
10-21-08, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By DCCommuter

Passing a left-turning vehicle on the right is...

Passing a left-turning vehicle on the right is state-by-state.

A lot of people believe that there is some law that says that cyclists must never delay motorists.
Forum: Commuting
10-21-08, 05:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 736
Posted By DCCommuter

A front brake is all you need. With a disk you...

A front brake is all you need. With a disk you should have excellent modulation so going over the bars is not a concern.

Once you get used to using a front disk you'll forget you ever had a rear...
10-21-08, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 421
Posted By DCCommuter

I'd be more interested in whether the cyclist had...

I'd be more interested in whether the cyclist had lights or reflectors. There is no legal requirement to wear reflective clothing -- it sounds like the police are trying to make it the cyclist's...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-08, 03:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,748
Posted By DCCommuter

This article confuses two related but distinct...

This article confuses two related but distinct concepts: "fault" and "error." Fault is a legal concept, the exact definition of which differs from state to state, and is determined by a court of...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-08, 02:52 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,001
Posted By DCCommuter

The dynamics of most four-wheel and two-wheel...

The dynamics of most four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles are very different. Usually, the limiting point of braking on a four-wheel vehicle is skidding, and an ABS system is of use because it allows...
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