Re: Car Wars
- --- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, sail4free <sail4free@...> wrote:
>sided carpet tape so I pedaled on down to our local hardware store.
> I was out on a parts run at work today. I needed two rolls of two-
I've been trying to practice these new guidelines I learned for
cycling safety . . .
> http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/chapter2a.htmshoulder either -- and the lanes are narrow, that one should occupy
> and one of 'em says if there is no designated bike lane -- no
the right one-third of the right lane and cars can either slow down
or change lanes and go around. So that is a description of my road at
the time and I was practicing holding my line -- which ends up being
smack down the middle of where the right-side wheels of cars usually
> ==========off the left end of my handlebar. I hold my line, look over, and he's
> Suddenly a mid-sized white SUV appears -- just an inch, maybe two
wildly motioning me to the side of the road. I would've given him a
finger wave of my own but my left hand was holding two small boxes of
carpet tape . . . and I need my right hand ON the handlebar to steer
and brake. So he's pacing me for a short while -- not budging a click
and me holding my line -- and then he starts inching over . . .
crowding me closer to the side of the road. This pisses me off so I
reach over and smack my little boxes of carpet tape into his
passenger side window. Predictably ('violence' always begets MORE
violence), he speeds up, noses his rig to the curb and comes to
screaching halt. Of course, now I have to stop too. With his window
still rolled up and adrenaline cursing through my veins, I not-so-
nicely -- and LOUDLY -- explain that I have just as much right to be
on the flippin' road as he
> does! Surprisingly enough, he agrees -- but over THERE(!) as hemotions wildly to the side of the road again. We exchange a few more
subtle niceties as I'm visualizing the loaded Mack truck that's
surely about to crush his buttmunch into oblivion and finally he
figures out he's probably not going to teach me anything on such
short notice; throws his rig in reverse, and then goes flying off
down the road.
> ==========number but NEXT time I will (for all the good it might do me . . . my
> Yes, I had a pen and paper. No, I did NOT get his license plate
faith in official problem "solving" drained into the gutter decades
ago). In situations like this, I don't know if I trust myself to be
armed -- not with anything that shoots bullets, that is. So I'm
thinking how about one of those long-handled wooden croquet clubs? If
he's using his car as a weapon, what do I get to use to defend
> ==========It is good to hear you share this experience, as it is one that
> Dear Brother Sail,
needs addressing infinately. I will say a lot here? No..., only, as
a Bible believing, (no freeky geeky with the Bible believing part),
religous person there are many ways. This agression is going to
happen. Even if you shoot them all, more will come up out of a
Quantum World...so shooting is out. Hitting the guys car is ok, but
you can always expect the driver to "hit" back. If you hit two young
drivers, where one watches the car and the other will proceed to
chase you with a baseball bat. Then you gotta cry loudly God help
me....seriously. Try to take down the licence plate number as you
have in the past, BUT! THE MORE FAITH YOU HAVE in the non-violent
way, the better off you will be and see justice as we have to win.
When I get about 10 licence plates (about a months worth) I turn them
into the police. If the police don't act...and most time they truly
can- don't worry. Get a CAMERA and take thir picture, However, in
all life and death situations- don't take a picture of them if there
are two in the car, or they look like they can run fast. I mean it.
The camera distroys them, and they could distroy you. Again, never
take the picture if two of them are in the vehicle, and not if they
can run for you. OK? ok. I have taken many pictures of them and got
justice but one time there were two of them and they almost hit me
with a club. The pictures will bring back your respect when you
accedently-on-purpose forget them at a bus stop with a quarter taped
on it for a broters eye. Remember, do not do this if there is any
danger of these guy chasing you at all. They know unconsciously they
are going to die according to highway statistics and the camera hurts
them as much and more then they hurt you. Praise God and the police
that taught me about the power of the camera, again, no offence to
others' Higher Power. Meek wins. (Oh. No night pictures either, that
is just as dangerous.
You are breaking the law! You are giving all cyclists a bad name, You are proving nothing to anyone. You deserve a violation ticket from a cop.
By the way there are some instances I have been on sidewalks and going the wrong way in a bike lane and I realize it. I give the vehicle the right of way in the most friendly way as possible.
I guess a 200lb bike and rider is a match for a 1or 2 ton vehicle right?
--- On Sat, 1/3/09, John A. Ardelli <gelfling@...> wrote:
From: John A. Ardelli <gelfling@...>
Subject: Re: [CF] Overtaking and speed
Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009, 9:19 AM
On Oct 11, 2008, at 1:44 PM, sail4free wrote:
> One of my favorite things (when going the "wrong" way -- in a bike
> lane or on a sidewalk -- is to catch some bonehead preparing to pull
> out of a driveway or alley. Of course he/she is looking ONLY at the
> direction of oncoming traffic (waiting for their first little break to
> dart into the flow) and NOT looking my way at all. I could easily
> maneuver around behind them and be on my way, but it's more fun to
> come to a complete stop and just STARE at that portion of their head
> where there eyes would be if they cared enough to check for
> pedestrians or cyclists . . .
Sidewalks aren't meant for high speed traffic; traffic flows on the
right. These two rules are meant to simplify traffic interaction so
the driver of a vehicle doesn't HAVE to check in as many directions;
reducing the area a driver needs to check, in turn, simplifies the
merging maneuver making conflicts and collisions less likely.
As far as I'm concerned, a cyclist should not be traveling against
traffic on OR OFF the sidewalk. If you ever encounter me and do what
you describe above, you'd better hope I don't notice you there or
you'll get an earful about traffic safety (the last cyclist, who had a
mild collision with me doing this, got one).
John A. Ardelli
http://pedalingprin ce.blogspot. com
http://health. groups.yahoo. com/group/ vofv/
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