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July 29, 2009

This Just In! Bikes Beat Cars in Annual Commuter Contest

Electric Bike Blog reports that the annual event is "meant to show how efficient bike commuting can be, as well as to promote a cycling as a healthy commute solution both for people’s bodies and the environment."

Read more, here.


Now, if you will excuse me...I gotta Bike/Bus Commute to work. ;-D

July 29, 2009 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 28, 2009

Zoom! Corvair! Agony for Me! A Cyclist's Salute to Hee Haw

Imagine, if you will, 4 beat up, and battered, spandex clad, cyclists, on crutches, and in casts, sitting, and standing, in front of their neighborhood bike shop, with display windows as backround...

To get you in the right frame of mind for this sing-a-long, sit back, and enjoy the masters at work...Gloom, Despair, and and Agony on Me. ;-D

Zoom! Corvair! (Yes, just like with Hee Haw, there is an OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! after each of the 1st 3 lines!)

Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!
Two broken arms, and a busted knee!
If it weren't for my other bike, I'd have no bike at all!
Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!

We figured the car would pass, giving us room to the hilt
And we figured the driver would see that to do anything else would mean we might be kilt
'Cause the road was two lane, and to our right was a cliff
How was we to know he didn't care if our blood was spilt?

Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!
Two broken arms, and a busted knee!
If it weren't for my other bike, I'd have no bike at all!
Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!

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Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!
Two broken arms, and a busted knee!
If it weren't for my other bike, I'd have no bike at all!
Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!

We figured the car would go on by, giving us some room
And we figured the driver would see the parked cars
Meaning getting too close would spell our certain doom
How was we to know she was dabbing on make-up, causing us to see stars?

Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!
Two broken arms, and a busted knee!
If it weren't for my other bike, I'd have no bike at all!
Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!

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Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!
Two broken arms, and a busted knee!
If it weren't for my other bike, I'd have no bike at all!
Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!

We figured we had the right of way, crossing the intersection
And we figured all the drivers saw us, and were stopped
'Cause anyone could see the signs with just a cursory inspection
How was we to know that he was Texting, meaning we'd get bopped?

Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!
Two broken arms, and a busted knee!
If it weren't for my other bike, I'd have no bike at all!
Zoom! Corvair! Agony for me!

July 28, 2009 in Creative Writing | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 27, 2009

OC Weekly Publishes Letter By Cycling Dude

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Over a week ago I posted about how, in OC Weekly, an "Anonymous Latina Cyclist Rips Rude Motorist a New One in Glorious Rant."

I left a comment online, not knowing if it would be accepted (It was.), and certainly not knowing if it would be published in the magazine itself.

Saturday night, in Hollywood, on my way home from participating in my very 1st Open Mic petry Reading (I read two of my poems!), I picked up a copy of the latest OC Weekly, and found my comment in the Letters to the Editor Section. ;-D

I wrote:

Absolutely glorious!

As the OC's Premier BikeBlogger I commend you for printing this most excellent rant.

Many motorists consider us cyclists as not belonging on the road with them, and have little understanding of the law that says we belong, and are vehicle drivers just as they are.

They take every opportunity to try to put us down, and while mostly these efforts are verbal in nature, on occasion they can be more dangerous (I've had a car passenger lean out the window, and give me a shove that, if I'd been going faster than 5mph, would have knocked me off balance, and led to possible serious injury.

The Cycling Dude

July 27, 2009 in Cycling in Interesting Media Places | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 21, 2009

Lorry, Lorry, on the Street, Our Goal of Safety Help Us Meet

The increase in the number of cyclists sharing the roads in Great Britain is causing problems.

An interesting story from the London Evening Standard illustrates one such problem:

A thousand free safety mirrors are to be handed out to lorry drivers in the City, in an attempt to halt the rising number of cyclists being killed.

Police and Corporation of London staff will stop drivers entering the Square Mile at checkpoints and hand out the stick-on mirrors. The “Fresnel” lenses are fitted to the cab window so drivers can see cyclists on the passenger side of the lorry. Without these, drivers have a blind spot which has been blamed for a string of fatal accidents involving cyclists and left-turning lorries across London.

7 cyclists killed in less than 5 months, 6 of them women (No jokes about Crazy Women Cyclists, please! Safety is a serious matter, and it should not matter the gender of the dead, and injured.)?

Cyclists will also be stopped at the checkpoints and given free high-visibility belts, as well as road safety leaflets. “Our message is: don't ride out into that suicide space',” said Matthew Collins, the corporation's road safety officer. Latest figures show 17 cyclists were killed or seriously injured last year, compared with eight in 2000.

An interesting, yet heated, conversation is going on in the comments to this article.

Free lorry mirrors to stop cycle deaths.

July 21, 2009 in Share the Road, and Trail: Safety Matters! | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

July 19, 2009

Colorado County Lawmakers Seek to Ban Cyclists from Public Roads

Jefferson County, Colorado, Commissioners will soon propose state legislation that would give them more authority to bar cyclists from some county roads altogether.

Conflict between motorists, and cyclists, in the reagion are apparently nothing new, abd a recent flair up over cyclists using a canyon road for an upcoming fundraiser didn't help matters.

One Commissioner had this to say: 

"We need to look at (laws) that make certain roads in the county (unusable) by bike traffic," Griffin said. "We're saying to our lobbyist to look at the possibility of having some discretion on what roads can have bike traffic and which cannot. Right now there's clearness for cities, but we can't find that the county can say that."

The County Attorney said  thatstate law gives cities and incorporated towns authority to regulate, but that the law is unclear for counties.\

This proposed legislation wants to add counties to the list.  

The Commisioner went on to say that  "the scenery along some Jeffco roads, coupled with the technical challenges cyclists love, means the county needs more authority for the sake of safety."

"I can understand that they'd love to have a bike tour in the mountains because of the beauty," Griffin said. "But they have to understand — we have stacks and stacks of e-mails from citizens that live there (opposing cyclists)."

While some mountain canyon residents oppose cyclists, other are fellow cyclists, who support cyclist rights to use the roads, especially since their taxes help to maintain them.

From the comments left to this article it seems the Commisioners are not making too many folks, local, or potential tourist, happy with this misguided idea of theirs.

From the Columbine Courier.

Bicycle Colorado is a powerful nonprofit organization dedicated to building a bicycle-friendly Colorado, and they are out to stop this insanity before it becomes law. 

 Even if the Jeffco Commissioners abandon their legislative efforts to let counties have the authority to ban bikes from county roads, the risk to bicycling will still exist. Now that this bill idea is "out of the bag" any other county or legislator may take up this idea and without warning run a bill in the next session.

Bicycle access to county roads is far too important to take this lightly.

If such legislation were to pass, county roads anywhere in the state could be closed to bicyclists, including critical cycling routes like Deer Creek Canyon in Jefferson County, Swan Mountain Road in Summit County, Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County, and many, many more. View more key roads that could be closed.

Bicycle Colorado is promoting an action plan for Colorado, and other interested cyclists, to help fight passage of this, or similar, laws, and links to other news coverage of the story, here.

A bunch of misguided, freedom depriving, bicycle hating, car driving, Panty Waistes (I could call them Commies, or Liberals, but I don't have a clue as to their politics, hee, hee!), deemed worthy enough to hold public office in Colorado, want to steal the freedom of cyclists to share the road with other legally allowed vehicles, and your right to travel where you please on public, taxpayer supported streets, roads, and highways!

These officials claim they're doing this in the name of safety.

If this is so, then how come there is no move to restrict the real safety hazard on mountain roads -- automobiles, and motorcycles?

One of the commentors to the Columbine article reports witnessing a local Cop ticketing cyclists, while motorcyclists sped, hell bent for leather, up a mountain road!

The Commissioners claim they are responding to the emailed complaints of Jefferson County road users.

Here's hoping area cyclists email the Jefferson County Commission and, more importantly, show up at Jeffco Commission Meetings, and make their voices heard!

Even if you don't live there you, as a concerned cyclist, can also call them at +1 (303) 271-8525; and send snail mail to 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO, 80419.

Jefferson County Attorney Ellen Wakeman is drafting the legislation. Her office's phone number is +1 (303) 271-8900; her administrative assitant's email address is cblake@jeffco.com.

Give them a piece of your mind...Politely, and instructively, ofcourse. ;-D

If such a law passes in one state, it could pass in others, including your own.

A Tip of the Hat to Cyclelicios for the heads-up! ;-D

 

July 19, 2009 in Life on the Street: Local, and state Laws, and other topics | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 17, 2009

Anonymous Latina Cyclist Rips Rude Motorist a New One in Glorious Rant

I'd like to shake this womans hand.. ;-D

Among the many things about one of my favorite Leftwing Weeklies, The OC Weekly, here in Orange County, is a column called "Hey You!", where readers are encouraged to "Send anonymous thanks, confessions or accusations—changing or deleting the names of the guilty and innocent" in for publication.

This one caught my attention, and it's glorious!

You were the lovely gentleman in the silver car on Harbor Boulevard who decided to yell at me while hanging outside your passenger window that my “fat ass was going to break that bike seat” as I was minding my own business on a relaxing ride.

Harbor is a busy thoroughfare, from top to bottom, running north to south, from Brea, to the beach in Huntington Beach.

Last thing you want to do is tell a woman she has a fat ass, hee, hee! ;-D

I’m very glad that such an obviously intellectual individual felt the need to grace me with his incredibly intelligent observation. I understand that it must be terribly difficult to be hung like a Tic Tac and be utterly unable to please a man, much less a woman, with such a pathetic excuse for an instrument.

I'll see your "Fat Ass" with my "Tic Tac", and raise you with a "Pathetic Instrument", hee, hee! ;-D


However, I regret to inform you that my ass may be voluptuous, but it is in no way fat. Excuse me for being of Latin descent and thus curvy, and perhaps I’ll consider excusing you for being an ignorant swine.

Mighty nice of her, but I wouldn't be so forgiving. ;-D

Next time you contemplate putting down any individual without reason, consider looking in the mirror first at the ludicrous and despicable excuse for a human being you are and see you have no room to do so. I hope you enjoy the rest of your evenings smoking pot in your mother’s basement. I’m sure they won’t cease to be anything but eventful. And also feel free to burn in hell. Thanks again for the shout-out!

Oh, she wasn't so forgiving afterall...

You go, girl! ;-D

The Weekly has very cute, and very funny, drawing of our Miffed Mamacita, on her bike, to go with her rant. ;-D

July 17, 2009 in Cycling in Interesting Media Places | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 16, 2009

Owning More than 1 Bike Cheaper than Yachting or Cocaine? Well, I'll be!

The Ethical Living Blog Discusses those folks who own more than 1 bike, and we are talking at least 1 for each season. ;-D

Peter Walker writes:

To my slight shame, I now own four bikes, something that mystifies not only non-cycling friends but those, my girlfriend among them, who happily make do with a single bike. To me, it makes perfect sense: I have a mountain bike, a road bike, and an older, slightly scruffier bike I use for commuting and leaving locked up around London. The fourth, a single-speed machine fashioned from an old road frame, is perhaps an indulgence, but it is at least on long-term loan to a friend.

Read Confessions of a Serial Bicycle Buyer. ;-D

July 16, 2009 in Blogosphere covers Bicycling | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

July 12, 2009

Making Law to Encourage What SHOULD be Obvious to All

Are you a Cyclist who Texts while pedaling?

Better not try it in Missoula, Montana, because, beginning a week ago,  if you are caught it will cost you. ;-D

The Missoula City Council's ordinance banning text messaging while driving and bicycling went into effect Wednesday...

That includes sending e-mails, too, so there!

The new law makes texting behind the wheel a primary offense, so police have the authority to pull over a driver they believe is punching out a message.

The fine for a first-time offender is a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $500. The ticket may not be suspended or waived. The minimum fine for a second offense within a year is $150.

The fine for a driver who causes a crash as the result of text messaging is a minimum $350.

Wonder how soon this law will be challenged in court? ;-D

How many other cities have similar laws, or are contemplating them?

It's sad that yet another law has to be passed to encourage people not to do something that can take their attention away from where it should be: Handling their car, or bike, safely, and keeping their eyes on the road, and their surroundings.

Missoula: Texting ban now in effect By CHELSI MOY of the Missoulian

July 12, 2009 in Life on the Street: Local, and state Laws, and other topics | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

July 04, 2009

I Get Comments: One Persons Misguided Rage Against All Cyclists

It has been a frustrating week for me.

After returning from the Southern Ca. Genealogy Jamboree, in Burbank, I had planned to Blog the heck about it on my other blog, then spend this weekend doing some cycling.

Didn't work out that way.

Computer issues have kept me home pecking slowly away at my Genealogy blogging while waiting for a back-up hard drive, and still to come help from tech support to fix my issues.

In the mean time, I get comments. ;-D

This one in response to a post I did, in January of 2008, Fullerton Man in Trouble for Making Bike Trail Holes

If I was a crabby old man I probably would of done the same thing.

You cyclists, or whatever, need to be more Fucking considerate.

My 8yr old brother and I were run down by two cyclists that were racing.

He broke his leg, and had a severe concussion, and I had to get 30 stitches.

Damn bikers, get a real hobby.

Signed: Victim

Yet again we have someone misguidedly blaming every cyclist for the stupidity of a few.

I am sorry for the injuries suffered, but taking out your anger, whether in words, or, more dangerously, with deeds, does not solve the problem for anyone.

Education, of all users of Multi-Use Trails, is the best way to handle things, that, and fines, or jail time, for those caught doing something unlawful.

July 4, 2009 in Share the Road, and Trail: Safety Matters! | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack