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Replies: 93 - Last Post: Sep 15, 2013 12:52 AM Last Post By: ianw6705
Aug 23, 2013 7:06 PM
60So true Ian .......... I do try to catch myself ...... and remember as a kid thinking my parents were "out of touch" / "Stuck in the muds"! ..... and yet, can still remember the saying, that "we all turn into our parents"!
Of course now I see my parents in a different light, and know of course that they were always right! The world has changed so much in the last 10-20 years, so rapid, and I try to remind myself that younger people are growing up in a completely different world. Unfortunately it seems like the attributes are self centered, all-about-me, no one else matters .... a shame. The politically correct overboardness ..... talk to your kids, everyone wins, never punish ..... has kids, now as adults. behaving as kids.
I, and all my friends grew up were we were battered by teachers in schools when we did things wrong, we played in sports where we were hammered/beaten, game after game etc etc ....... and guess what?........ we are all still NORMAL, DECENT humans ..... jobs, families etc etc. Nobody turned into a psycho!
One of my jobs .... I teach/lecture. A few weeks ago I told a student to get off their phone/stop texting while I was in the middle of the lecture. She reported me to my supervisor, saying she "was disrespected"!
Anyways ..... back to the bikes / pedestrians and runners. I've asked people on the bike path ..... "why are you running 2 (or 3) abreast, blocking the whole bikepath, when there is a runners/walkers path 6 feet away" ........ I get back .... "f-you, we'll run where we want to". And that says it all, people now do what they want to do and don't care about others ..... which has the knock on effect of ....well if no one else is following the rules/cares ... why should I.
Nowadays, I try to ignore most of the stuff I encounter on my rides, take a deep breath, and shout "on your left" as i pass by!
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Aug 23, 2013 8:39 PM
Aug 23, 2013 8:57 PM
Aug 23, 2013 10:02 PM
63Hey Dubin NYC, here's the latest from Seattle, where one of your reckless, arrogant, self-entitled, law-breaking bicycle mafia has just critically injured another pedestrian. As someone who was damned near critically injured by an a-hole bicyclist in Boston while crossing a busy intersection at rush hour on a green light and a walk signal, I don't buy your protestations for a millisecond.
I don't think bicycles belong on the street, period.
Aug 23, 2013 10:50 PM
Aug 24, 2013 6:07 AM
Aug 24, 2013 3:12 PM
66I hope he recovers Willy ........ you seem to use this incident as if accidents only happen with cyclists. How many pedestrians do cyclists kill every year? How many cyclists are killed on the road?
here's a read for you .... as you agree with some of the sentiments of the article
I also love the way that you guys suggest that when a cyclist hits a pedestrian ..... it was the cyclists fault. In a previous post I already mentioned how a runner ran out between parked cars and ran right into me as as cycled down a street ..... and many other close calls.
Willy .... you would be the type of driver I would be most afraid of on the street. All that anger, road rage and contempt ....... while you talk on your phone, making that right turn without signalling!
Aug 24, 2013 11:16 PM
67It wasn't an "accident."
Nice try about road rage and being on the phone. I don't do either one. But that's the kinds of excuses that reckless bicyclists invent to justify their mayhem. Three weeks ago, on my way out of Seattle for a road trip, I watched a bicyclist run a four-way stop sign and miss a group of little kids by less than three feet. Time and time again, I see this kind of thing from our selfish, law-ignoring, privileged menaces on two-wheels.
Aug 25, 2013 11:41 AM
68and this week I saw a taxi driver hit a tourist in NYC and she lost her leg.
Whats your point?
Take off the rose colored glasses ... your idea that cyclists do only wrong ..... and car drivers / pedestrians do no wrong is idiotic. And again you ignore my point about the fact that you are never on a bike, and never get to witness the dangers cyclists face.
"I see this kind of thing from our selfish, law-ignoring, privileged menaces" on two-legs ......
ditto for me everyday that I cycle to work
Hey, I get it .... you're stuck in your ways ........ no need to respond, I know exactly what you will say!
Anyways .... think this thread has run its course...
Aug 25, 2013 5:44 PM
69Since we're still giving stories:
I almost hit a cyclist last night. I stopped at a red and was about to make a right turn, when the cyclist in the bike lane to my right decided the red light didn't apply to him and went on through the intersection. I'm glad I caught him in my review mirror and (correctly) expected him not to stop as he was required.
Aug 25, 2013 11:54 PM
Aug 26, 2013 2:53 AM
Aug 26, 2013 1:31 PM
Aug 26, 2013 3:38 PM
73Now ... America might still be #1 in all sorts of ways (some glorious, some not) ... but we are out in front in one respect - small-scale traffic management. I speak of course of the aforementioned 4-Way Stop Sign Intersection.
In my view, it is a dangerous and inefficient way to aid traffic flow between two minor roads that intersect. And at no cost to you I have just done some research in this regard. With my morning coffee in hand, I watched the roundabout (aka rotary) at the corner of my street - during our local rush hour, which usually comprises lots of soccer mums taking their lazy fat little darlings to local private schools, in Beemer and Merc SUVs mostly.
The roundabout works beautifully in handling quite a lot of traffic - as drivers arrive, giving way to anybody who is already on the roundabout, or is about to enter from the right. If there is no danger of collision, then nobody needs to pointlessly stop first, and even though this is a tiny roundabout by big-road standards, four of these expensive vehicles can negotiate it concurrently without pranging into one another.
The US could learn from this example indeed ... and the bonus is that the lycra-clad types can also use it quite well - with the good news being that they have to obey the same rules if they wish to emerge the other side unscathed. US traffic authorities could learn a lesson here ... stopping at a 4-Way is one of the silliest traffic protocols us furriners have to deal with!
Aug 26, 2013 4:15 PM
74I lived in Boston for 11 years, and a Boston driver will find a way to screw up anything, including the rotaries, which is what they are called there. I remember a story in the Boston Globe about how badly people behave in them. It noted, with a certain incredulity, that rotaries had been conceived as a "traffic reform" measure. We have a bunch of "traffic circles" in Seattle, typically at very minor intersections of narrow residential streets. The idea is to keep cars from going too fast.
They work well for that purpose, but on our recent trip to the U.K. we encountered roundabouts everywhere and we weren't thrilled. I think that was more a matter of being on the left side of the road and the right side of the car, and being unfamiliar with their way of dealing with road signs, which is vastly inferior to the (generally) idiot-proof 'murrican way of putting road numbers and (in cities, most of the time) street names in big lettering.
There are exceptions here, but having driven here and all over Europe, I'd much rather drive here. With the exception of horribly marked streets and roads in parts of New England, and often unmarked or faintly marked back roads in remote areas, you almost have to be trying to get lost in the United States. Unlike, say, Italy or Spain or much of the United Kingdom.
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