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What do you do at traffic lights?

Old 12-14-07, 06:49 AM
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What do you do at traffic lights?

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Old 12-14-07, 06:50 AM
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wait.
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run. often.
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Old 12-14-07, 07:12 AM
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When they are red I stop, and foot-stand. When they are green I go. When they are yellow, I stop if safe, go if not safe to stop. Just about the same as I would in the car, except for the foot stand.
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Old 12-14-07, 07:17 AM
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i yell obnoxiously in the face of pedestrians, buzz them closely (scaring the **** out of them) and go through the ride light, risking life and limb.
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Old 12-14-07, 07:25 AM
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I put my right foot in, I take my right foot out, I put my right foot in and shake it all about.......
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Old 12-14-07, 07:26 AM
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Scattering peds is not skillful riding.
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Old 12-14-07, 07:36 AM
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If I can see the light is about to change, I'll slow down. If I know the light will not change for me and there are no cars around to change the light, I will stop then check for cross traffic and go.

Otherwise, get in line and wait with the rest of the vehicles.
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Old 12-14-07, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by oldsprinter View Post
Scattering peds is not skillful riding.
I'll disagree for the block Alex....
Ask any messenger, getting a ped to pick up the pace, or not jump in front of you to begin with is a very useful skill on the streets. If you've got the green and the jaywalking peds are streaming across the red b/c of no cars, getting them to move enmass is useful......and FUN!!!
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Old 12-14-07, 07:51 AM
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It depends.
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I usually just close my eyes and hope for the best.

edit - kind of like when I go down on your mom.
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Old 12-14-07, 08:04 AM
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for the most part its just a track stand (i usually ride clipless) but depending on the light (some of them around here are pretty long) I'll do one handed/nohanded trackstands and backwards circles to kill the time
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Old 12-14-07, 08:31 AM
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other:

readjust with a firm yet decisive thrust of the right fist down the front of the lyrca...

the secret to avoid incarceration or a one-hand leg mount is to not linger there too long...
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Old 12-14-07, 08:33 AM
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generally i slow down and check for traffic, then run it if none is coming. even at green lights in busy areas where people turn left into the flow, i slow down a bit. not getting hit is more important to me than blindly asserting my right of way.
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Old 12-14-07, 08:37 AM
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:lol Word Linux, the short adjust is such a habit it didn't even dawn on me about doing that at almost every red where I do stop.
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Old 12-14-07, 08:49 AM
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^^^I do that "on the go", I thought that's pretty common practice?
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Old 12-14-07, 09:05 AM
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If it's yellow and I can "safely" make it through, I'll find a way.
If it's red, I'll trackstand or pretentiously sit on my top tube looking like I don't have time for this ****.
If I'm feeling generous I'll trackstand between the curb and left lanes, so ...
I normally go through the intersection once opposing traffic gets a yellow (if clear) or during the mutual red - that lets me get out front and move back over to the right.
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Old 12-14-07, 09:10 AM
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I usually try to rub one out while I trackstand. Either that, or some fishtail skids.
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Originally Posted by wroomwroomoops View Post
^^^I do that "on the go", I thought that's pretty common practice?
i do it on the go as well but find it's a nice icebreaker w/ the cars when i snot rocket for distance.
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I will typically slow down and check for the intersection to clear. If it is safely clear I will go ahead thru the intersection. Where I live, people have no comprehension of bikes so I have to play different cards. I can't just expect folks to notice me. Most of the time I will treat the red light like a stop sign though.
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I tip over and fall on my side @ red lights and stop signs.
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Originally Posted by ralphm2k View Post
I tip over and fall on my side @ red lights and stop signs.
in a ditch, right?
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Old 12-14-07, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by kjohnnytarr View Post
in a ditch, right?
That's a rhetorical question, right?
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