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#1 Re: Roadway hazards » Joggers » 2010-08-02 09:31:40

Also it's safer as a pedestrian to run/walk against traffic.

#2 Re: Commuting/Routes » Pollution for cyclists in traffic is 5x worse than for drivers » 2010-07-27 09:38:34

More reason to ride the less-traveled neighborhood roads. Lamar, Guadalupe, and Congress are dangerous and noxious. Neighborhood roads are more peaceful and, with less cars, cleaner. Not to mention safer (IMO).  We can't escape pollution, but we can at least not ride in its wake.

#3 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » stop signs @ LAB » 2010-07-21 10:39:07

oh, my bad. I should have known that! Thanks M. Yeah don't remove stop signs. Blow them if you want to, but it's your ass you're risking, not everyone else's.

#5 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » Looking for trailer suggestions » 2010-07-09 09:11:02

If you get a two-wheeled trailer, make sure it has the bars that guard the wheels. They should wrap completely around it. That way you can get through tight spaces without the wheels catching in trees, fence posts, etc. Burley is a good brand, but they've made some without the guards.

#6 Re: Commuting/Routes » damn bikers » 2010-07-08 11:46:24

That's cool you are trying to go car-free in that suburban wasteland. Kudos to you John!

#7 Re: Commuting/Routes » damn bikers » 2010-07-07 11:17:00

John, where was this? I generally get this kind of behavior on very busy roads, where you might expect people to get pissed. I stay off Lamar, guadalupe, and other major roads. It just doesn't make sense for me to go through that stress, and it doesn't save much time for me, blocks up flow of traffic (sorry, but you can show all the statistics you want, but it's not going to make me ride on 45mph roads).

This does NOT excuse that dickhead from yelling at your girlfriend. I would have loved to get his license plate and go give his car a new paint job.


john the blasphemer wrote:

Hey, ...GET THE HELL OFF THE ROAD... thanks for making the problem worse than it already is.  Just this morning my girlfriend had that and worse yelled at her as she was stopped at a red light on her bike. She was taking the lane so as to safely go straight through an intersection.   The driver got out of his car to scream at her to get on the sidewalk.  When she refused to move, he got back in his car and hit the horn and moved his car up behind her to threaten her.  She would have taken down his plate number, but he didn't have a front plate.

But again, thank you for feeding into this kind of irrational thinking and making the roads less safe for all of us!

#8 Re: Cars / Gas / Energy » Miles per gallon from bicycling » 2010-04-21 09:48:43

If you knew me, you'd know I was definitely not a hater. I think i came across the wrong way. I'd prefer a non-electric bike, but if electric gets you on a bike, that's great. I just love the feeling that I'm not using any electricity to get me to work. It would be awesome if you put a solar panel on the back for recharging while you are at work.

P "the hater" Larson

#9 Re: Traffic Laws » Public education on rights of cyclists » 2010-04-21 09:35:10

First of all, it needs to be reported. Take down the license number. I'm sorry you had to go through this.

Thanks for the description of what you went through. People have some weird ideas about the world they live in. Everyone is in such a hurry!

P "the hater" larson.

#10 Re: Cars / Gas / Energy » Miles per gallon from bicycling » 2010-04-16 11:35:22

Ugh, I hate to hear people using electric bikes for a 2-mile commute. 2 miles? you could walk and get there in 30 minutes tops. The electricity takes away any exercise you'd get, plus if you do exercise, you'd be doing it after work. Time wasted.  If you just sit at your desk for 30 minutes the sweat goes away, and you are not smelly. I can tell you from experience. I've never used the shower at work. Electric bikes also use batteries which are not biodegradable.  There's also the maintenance.  I could go on, but I won't.

#11 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » used bikes » 2010-04-05 09:22:17 Otherwise, craigslist is the way to go. There are some jerks out there, but mostly on the up and up.

#12 Re: Traffic Laws » Threading between stopped traffic legal? » 2010-02-18 10:44:54

You do risk getting "doored" by people waiting in line to turn. People open doors to spit, or poor out old coffee; I've even seen people dump their ashtrays out!

Personally, I don't want to piss off drivers by doing this.  I usually find routes that do not involve using a car lane to turn left. It's more efficient for me, and more peaceful to everyone involved (in my opinion).

#13 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Nueces Bicycle Boulevard » 2009-12-23 14:54:16

I love the "BIKES YIELD" idea. So simple. Much less financial outlay.

#14 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Twin Cities: bicyclist-bicyclist head-on collision results in fatality » 2009-09-02 09:53:25

How terrible.  And both were wearing helmets, and it was a head-injury that caused death. Makes me seriously doubt my helmet does much good.  How very sad for both families.  The guy did all he could to prevent it and still this happens. Ugh, he'll probably take a while to get over this.

#15 Re: Traffic Laws » Tickets to ride: more citations » 2009-06-23 09:46:19

This morning at the 5-way stop on 51st street near i-35 I was in a line of cars waiting to get through the stop sign and this woman on a red single-speed (no helmet) blows through the stop sign, no looking or anything. At least do that when there are no cars and no obvious danger. I fear for her safety, and it makes us all look bad to other motorists. How did this woman know the person at the stop sign was not going to turn right and hook her? She's obviously never had that happen. I have, and got run over in the process. NEVER PASS ON THE RIGHT!

I don't stop at stop signs unless there are other cars near. I do brake and look both ways though.  Seems reasonable. I'm not pissing off other drivers, and I'm safe too.

#16 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Austin police allow bike theft » 2009-06-15 11:57:11

I think you mean "U-Lock". Get the smallest U-Lock you can get.

#17 Re: Commuting/Routes » Commuting Slaughter/Manchaca area » 2009-02-10 14:41:57

Hi. Personally I would never ride on Manchaca road. Is there a way to ride in the neighborhoods around that area? If not, I suppose Manchaca has some pretty wide lanes along the south end. But once you are up by Stassney, it's pretty dangerous in the dark. I used to ride from 290/mopac area to downtown, and I have a good route if you want that route.

Since you are near Slaughter, I think it's pretty wide from there until about William Cannon. From there, you can find some side neighborhoods parts of the way. Where are you headed?

#18 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Austin police allow bike theft » 2008-12-24 11:55:38

Where do you live that your house is getting shot at and so many bad things are happening? Hell I'd move!

#19 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » City of Austin Phasing out Meters » 2008-11-14 10:06:01

One other thing that this does is eliminate the charity that drivers have been indirectly giving to the next driver that parks in their spot. If there is any leftover time, the new driver now has to pay for a completely new hour or so to park there, since they will not have the stub that proves they paid for the spot. They use this scheme in Galveston I believe.

#20 Re: Other » Cycling with headphones. Opinions? » 2008-10-24 09:27:23

One key point: in a car you are relatively safe, with tons of other steel cages riding around you. If you don't hear a car coming, or a another bicyclist coming from behind you, then you are more likely to get hit or piss some other cyclist off because you can't hear them.  It would be different if you were actually deaf. You don't realize what you miss when you are huddled in your stereo. You become just like all the rest of the cars out there, oblivious to the outside world. It really is more dangerous.

#21 Re: Commuting/Routes » Locker / shower facilities near Lamar/51st? » 2008-10-20 08:43:18

Hi there,
The Winters Building has showers in the "East" tower, down on the basement floor. They are hard to find, but ask the guard at the desk, if you have access.

Or call me at 438-2216 (work) and I can guide you. I've never used them, as sweat pretty much dries after about 30 minutes. I take a shower before I get to work, and change after I dry off.

#22 Re: Rides and Events » Critical Mass Ride - This Friday (9/26) - 9PM @ UT West Mall » 2008-09-29 10:23:22

Where was that? And when is the best time to ride on mopac? I think 5:30pm, exit 35th street and go south to Town lake blvd. Weave in and out of stopped traffic.  I'd be up for it.

#23 Justice Issues / Collisions » Hit by bicyclist at ACL? » 2008-09-29 10:20:55

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My girlfriend was hit friday night by a bicyclist coming off the sidewalk by the saloon on barton creek and lamar. We were on our way back from ACL, so it was kind of crazy traffic. A cop saw him do it (traffic cop), and did nothing. If the copy were not there, I would have punched the guy. Instead, I gave him a few choice words and then he rode off. 

Did anyone else experience any bad cyclist behavior this weekend? There were tons of people riding bikes (good thing), but then most of them had no blinkies or front headlights (bad thing) weaving in and out of traffic.

It was scary.

#24 Re: Other » Celebrities on Bikes » 2008-09-29 10:13:50

David Byrne rocks in more than one way. Excellent show at ACL, made even better knowing he's an avid bike rider. I suppose he could park his bike inside the show...

#25 Re: Cars / Gas / Energy » Miles per gallon from bicycling » 2008-09-25 10:05:42

Anther good argument for being vegetarian! Thanks Michael, this was intriguing.

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