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2012-04-10 12:29:10 PM  

Lord Dimwit: If the US cities would actually have more pedestrian-friendly areas, people would walk more.


But then that would mean they'd have to let...ugh...people into the gated communities.
 
2012-04-10 12:29:13 PM  

Rapmaster2000: veive: Uchiha_Cycliste: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA Victory is mine!

I got rid of my car a few years ago after shattering my right leg. But once I recovered my mobility and muscles, I never looked back. I <3 riding my bike everywhere, even in the rain to work (like today). And my commute is only 20 something miles each way.
If I can do it, the rest of you lazy farkers can too.

\Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a motherfarking bike.
\\not a go-cart, not a school-bus, but a bike fat-ass, a farking bike fatass.

That's great douchenozzle, but there are a few points you seem to have missed:
My 2 year old can't ride a bike; in fact there are several months per year in Texas where having him outside for too long could kill him due to the extreme heat.

[cache.virtualtourist.com image 640x478]

LOLWUT.


well...not really a great example. malnourished kids in Africa aren't exactly outside playing around.

He's right...summers here (central VA) get pretty damned hot, they 'seem' hotter than the summers we had while I was in Georgia (bout a decade ago). mid-upper 90s, humidity through the roof...egads. Play outside in that for long and you better take a break, get some water, etc. Heat stroke is no joke.
 
2012-04-10 12:31:10 PM  

dj_spanmaster: When I told the Enterprise employee that I'd be walking the mile home, her gasp drew the attention of the other 15+ people there. She said, "Hang on," and walked to ask her manager if that was okay, while everyone around watched. I said loudly across the room, "You know, I'm used to walking a lot farther than a mile. You should try living in New York or Chicago sometime." (even though I've never lived in either place.)

I walked out to applause.

/only one part of that story was a lie


You went to Hertz?
 
2012-04-10 12:31:51 PM  

Fireproof:
Believe it. They have signs like this on Main Street in my hometown.

ladyfleur.files.wordpress.com


But the fatbody mobility scooters are legally allowed to zip up and down the sidewalk, right?

(sigh)

I get up off the couch and get on these at least three days a week for a couple hours...

fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net
 
2012-04-10 12:32:18 PM  
There is a nice residential neighborhood by my apartment that I used to love walking my dog around, but too many assholes in that neighborhood keep their dogs outside, unleashed, unfenced, untrained, and unsupervised. After a couple of attacks, we just stopped walking through there altogether. Now the options are to walk in an even unsafer neighborhood on the other side or just walk laps around the building.
 
2012-04-10 12:32:33 PM  

Rapmaster2000: veive: Uchiha_Cycliste: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA Victory is mine!

I got rid of my car a few years ago after shattering my right leg. But once I recovered my mobility and muscles, I never looked back. I <3 riding my bike everywhere, even in the rain to work (like today). And my commute is only 20 something miles each way.
If I can do it, the rest of you lazy farkers can too.

\Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a motherfarking bike.
\\not a go-cart, not a school-bus, but a bike fat-ass, a farking bike fatass.

That's great douchenozzle, but there are a few points you seem to have missed:
My 2 year old can't ride a bike; in fact there are several months per year in Texas where having him outside for too long could kill him due to the extreme heat.

cache.virtualtourist.com

LOLWUT.


Actually, that infant had died over 14 days prior.

The tribeswomen of the Kalahari are required by law to carry the deceased for 42 days on their person, shaking the corpse every few hours to ensure proper fermentation of the innards - so that they can be ritually consumed by the local clan chieftain and his council under the height of the moon on the last day.

Otherwise, there will be no more IFC filmcrews for the rest of the season.
 
2012-04-10 12:32:36 PM  
Look, If God wanted me to walk, then Henry Ford's mother would have gotten an abortion. How am I supposed to eat a baconator while I hold my large drink and fries at the same time?

/Think people
 
2012-04-10 12:33:33 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: BTW, you guys realize that the parents waiting with their kids at the bus stops aren't helicopter parents - the kids aren't ALLOWED to wait alone anymore.


Where I live, some schools don't allow kids to walk for liability reasons. Kids have to arrive either by car or by bus.
 
2012-04-10 12:33:51 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: TwowheelinTim: Uchiha_Cycliste:

\Ride a motherfarking bike.

I do, but I'm slowly learning not to be an arrogant, self-righteous ass about it.

Try it, you might like it.

Motorists will appreciate it too.

When I ride, I obey all laws and keep myself safe. It's how I've ridden at least a 100K miles in traffic and never been hit. On my off time, I help EVERYONE I know (and some I don't) to wrench, build bikes, give them bikes, teach them to ride and how to commute safely. You are barking up the wrong tree here.


Funny thing though, I've been hit three times in the last ten years. Twice from behind while stopping at stop signs, and once from behind while stopped at a traffic signal. I have a mirror on my commuter now.

Sounds like you and I would get along great.

/volunteer instructor for bicycle maintenance at HSU
//helped two broken down cyclists on the road just last week.
 
2012-04-10 12:35:04 PM  
If that's true, then all it will take is for a robot to fall creepily in love with another robot to teach us a lesson about excess, at which point we will turn our technology towards recovering our health and that of the planet.
 
2012-04-10 12:35:38 PM  
I used to walk halfway around the world to get to school each day -- freakin' sucked when it was pouring out. And this karaoke bar I go to on Fridays is almost 43 miles away from my home... it's just an 11-hour walk each way, why are all you fatso fatties so fat about it all the time, iz no big deal.
 
2012-04-10 12:36:53 PM  

ginandbacon: This picture is so sad:

[www.slate.com image 568x377]
"Carlin Robinson, 12, walks from her grandmother's car to the school bus in Manchester, Ky. Her house can be seen in the background."


I see this shiat every day and it just makes me shake my head. It's either parents driving down to the end of their driveway to pick up their kids, or the school bus stopping at every other house. When did we become such a lazy pos country?
 
2012-04-10 12:38:04 PM  

SMB2811: Jim from Saint Paul: Rapmaster2000: Jim from Saint Paul: Rakishi: Jim from Saint Paul: /If your appratus cannot go the speed limit and there is NO lane for you, get on the damnned sidewalk

That's often illegal.

Riding your bike on the sidewalk?

Frequently, depending on the locale. The more urban the more likely it is to be illegal. Riding your bike on a sidewalk in Chicago will get your ass a big ticket. God forbid you take that bike on a pedestrian only road.

So expecting there to be a corresponding Bike Lane in the areas they would ticket... to much to ask for I assume?

[www.ksut.org image 270x425]


Share the road!

i41.tinypic.com

(on a solo ride from my front door near Pittsburgh PA to Cleveland a year ago)
 
kab
2012-04-10 12:39:05 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: So expecting there to be a corresponding Bike Lane in the areas they would ticket... to much to ask for I assume?


Yes, because then cagers whine like little biatches that cyclists get to transport themselves while paying no insurance or road fees, etc.

"no fair, I'm in my climate controlled steerable lazy-boy, eating cheeseburgers and texting while I drive, and that cyclist doesn't pay for roads!"

As for this article, of course walking is looked down upon. There's only so much you can sell someone if walking is the preferred method of transportation.
 
2012-04-10 12:39:07 PM  
I was just googling for a grocery store close enough for me to walk to this morning, ... and i'm terribly disappointed. I live IN the city limits now! Why should i drive into the county to get groceries? OR i could walk through the park to the Straubs (2.2 miles one way). OR i could go to a teeny grocery store that may or may not actually have the english language on the packaging. OR I could end up at someplace called grocery that is actually a corporate warehouse for save a lot. Dammit.

not getting a kick, etc.
 
2012-04-10 12:39:26 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: Speaking as someone who walks from Hell's Kitchen and works half a block from Rockefeller Center, I can tell you that it's probably a 10 minute walk, tops from Times Square. I'm three blocks further west and it takes me 15, although I'm not a fatty from Des Moines who drives everywhere and eats deep fried mayonnaise sandwiches so I might walk a little faster.


Are you burdened on your walk by your enlarged ego?
 
2012-04-10 12:41:19 PM  

Fireproof: Don't Troll Me Bro!: Some people here lost their minds when the city of Madison started plowing the major bike paths. They are heavily used all winter, although not as heavily as during warmer months. I can't tell you how many times I've been at work the day after a snowstorm and nearly everyone that drives didn't come in, while the bikers and walkers all made it. We've got tons of bikers and walkers around here, and people will complain about all the taxpayer money spent on bike paths, then in the next sentence complain about traffic congestion. It takes me 15 minutes to drive to work during rush hour, 20 minutes to walk, less than 10 to bike. I prefer the walk. I'm kinda rambling right now.

We've had the same wackos here in Charlotte, except dealing with a light rail system.

Before the first part of it was built:
BLARGH! NO ONE WILL RIDE IT! IT'S A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY! WARRGARBLL!

After the first part opened:
BLARGH! IT'S ALL TOO SMALL! THERE ISN'T ENOUGH ROOM FOR ALL THE PASSENGERS! THERE AREN'T ENOUGH PARKING SPACES AT ALL THE STATIONS! WARRGARBL!

Before it opened the crazies actually got together a petition to repeal the city's half-cent mass transit tax and actually got enough signatures to get it on the ballot. They were saying things like that it was a conspiracy to kill the suburbs or that "When all of us in the suburbs ride it down into the city, the people from the city will ride it up and rob our homes." Said initiative was then roundly crushed at the polls by sane people.

/I think some people just HAVE to reduce every debate to left vs. right and then just HAVE to take what they see as their side's stance, no matter how insane it is


We had the same fight here in St. Louis. The burbs fought the light rail, saying "criminals from the city would ride it out here and rob our homes." Sanity did Not prevail at the polls, and our light rail goes no farther than the airport (still Many miles from the burbs).
 
2012-04-10 12:41:43 PM  
Came for some gunts...and I came for some gunts.
 
2012-04-10 12:41:55 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: So Fark, am I allowed to dislike in when some of these sons-o-biatches use their bicycle on roads where there are no marked bike lanes? You know, like they treat the lane like they are a motorcycle or something?

Because I *REALLY* dislike it when they do that.

/If your appratus cannot go the speed limit and there is NO lane for you, get on the damnned sidewalk


you will loose your shiat if you ever come to portland, or. it's beyond stupid. some dipshiat taking their sweet ass time meandering down the middle of the street holding up traffic for blocks & blocks. & if you dare to honk, you will be on the vicious end of hipster douche rage. how dare you try and make them conform to society and it's clocks. that's way to mainstream of you.

/i've developed the "safety honk" -- for safety.
// the lulz induced by hipster rage at my honking for safety is priceless.
 
2012-04-10 12:42:43 PM  

This text is now purple: Yanks_RSJ: Speaking as someone who walks from Hell's Kitchen and works half a block from Rockefeller Center, I can tell you that it's probably a 10 minute walk, tops from Times Square. I'm three blocks further west and it takes me 15, although I'm not a fatty from Des Moines who drives everywhere and eats deep fried mayonnaise sandwiches so I might walk a little faster.

Are you burdened on your walk by your enlarged ego?


Mostly just by the aforementioned fatties blocking the sidewalk.
 
2012-04-10 12:43:11 PM  

Keigh: I was just googling for a grocery store close enough for me to walk to this morning, ... and i'm terribly disappointed. I live IN the city limits now! Why should i drive into the county to get groceries? OR i could walk through the park to the Straubs (2.2 miles one way). OR i could go to a teeny grocery store that may or may not actually have the english language on the packaging. OR I could end up at someplace called grocery that is actually a corporate warehouse for save a lot. Dammit.

not getting a kick, etc.


You sound like you should get a bike, K.
 
2012-04-10 12:44:52 PM  
I live in a college town so I realize that our sidewalks and bike paths are probably better kept up than most other places. We usually just walk, ride our bikes or skateboard wherever we're going, even to the beach which is a 14 mile trip. Even if we drive places it still takes a while because of the traffic. If you just start walking or biking it becomes a lot easier to keep doing it and it's quite enjoyable.
 
2012-04-10 12:45:21 PM  
That article was written by somebody who gets paid by the word and therefore uses way too many of them to say, "Hey fattie, maybe you should take a walk around the block now and then!"
 
2012-04-10 12:45:52 PM  

ihatedumbpeople: well...not really a great example. malnourished kids in Africa aren't exactly outside playing around.

He's right...summers here (central VA) get pretty damned hot, they 'seem' hotter than the summers we had while I was in Georgia (bout a decade ago). mid-upper 90s, humidity through the roof...egads. Play outside in that for long and you better take a break, get some water, etc. Heat stroke is no joke.


I was lucky enough to be in Uganda last year, it's pretty much on the equator, gets quite warm. Didn't seem to stop people walking.

Mind you, with African road "rules" (which are somewhat chaotic to say the least), it's probably a safer option than driving.

I can understand not wanting to arrive at work a sweaty mess though.
 
2012-04-10 12:46:52 PM  

Andromeda: And yeah, whenever my friends visit me in Amsterdam they marvel at all the bicycles


I think American cities are starting to come around gradually to the concept of bike commuters. Some places (like Pittsburgh) are a little harder for the amateur rider, but when combined with mass transit options it's really no so bad.

/That is, until they cut our bus routes... again.
 
2012-04-10 12:47:16 PM  
Fat people are ugly.
 
2012-04-10 12:47:51 PM  
Heck, I'd love to walk more. My house is two miles away from work, it takes half an hour each way. Not too bad.

The problem is that I have to run errands over lunch, make dinner, pay the bills, do the dishes, do the laundry, and all of the other stuff that takes up my time. I don't drive because I'm lazy; I drive because I can't afford the luxury of walking.
 
2012-04-10 12:47:53 PM  

MontyBurns: miss diminutive: This must be due to the steady decline of multi-directional hills. You know, those hills that my parents had to walk up on the way to and from school? During a snowstorm? Carrying their younger siblings on their backs? You know?

Seriously though, I loved walking to school. It was like a mini-vacation from life. I got to just think and relax (usually while daydreaming about Todd, that tall senior who was just so hot but didn't know I existed....but that would all change once I joined the yearbook committee because since he was on council I would get to..._insert standard teenage melodramatic memory_)

/too much coffee

Heh. I'll bet unattractive guys were invisible to you. ASK ME ABOUT MY INADEQUACY ISSUES AND LINGERING HIGH SCHOOL RESENTMENTS


ftfwhat you're really saying

/the universe doesn't owe you a cheerleader
//not yours
 
2012-04-10 12:48:05 PM  

inner ted: Jim from Saint Paul: So Fark, am I allowed to dislike in when some of these sons-o-biatches use their bicycle on roads where there are no marked bike lanes? You know, like they treat the lane like they are a motorcycle or something?

Because I *REALLY* dislike it when they do that.

/If your appratus cannot go the speed limit and there is NO lane for you, get on the damnned sidewalk

you will loose your shiat if you ever come to portland, or. it's beyond stupid. some dipshiat taking their sweet ass time meandering down the middle of the street holding up traffic for blocks & blocks. & if you dare to honk, you will be on the vicious end of hipster douche rage. how dare you try and make them conform to society and it's clocks. that's way to mainstream of you.

/i've developed the "safety honk" -- for safety.
// the lulz induced by hipster rage at my honking for safety is priceless.


Legally, bikes belong on the road, not the sidewalk. It's not called the "sidebike".
 
2012-04-10 12:49:44 PM  

ihatedumbpeople:

He's right...summers here (central VA) get pretty damned hot, they 'seem' hotter than the summers we had while I was in Georgia (bout a decade ago). mid-upper 90s, humidity through the roof...egads. Play outside in that for long and you better take a break, get some water, etc. Heat stroke is no joke.


No, he's not "right". He's not talking about his two year old playing around. He's saying he can't put a two year old on the back of a bike because the child would literally die from being out of the air conditioning. As if women in Texas didn't carry children on their back while picking cotton (black and white) for 150 years before everyone lived in a cul-de-sac outside of Austin.

I get it, the heat is uncomfortable, but it's not deadly for a child to be in the shade in a Central Virginia summer now any more than it was for the previous 400 years.
 
2012-04-10 12:49:46 PM  

footshot: I can understand not wanting to arrive at work a sweaty mess though.


That's also a good point, but I've noticed a lot more businesses offering showering facilities for their employees. I can honestly say that this is something that holds me back from bike commuting.

No one wants to smell my sweaty ass during a 9AM meeting, that's for sure.
 
2012-04-10 12:50:42 PM  

Geotpf: Legally, bikes belong on the road, not the sidewalk. It's not called the "sidebike".


So they do, but you know the kind of people he's talking about--the ones who think they are perfectly to cars, even though they're pedaling 4 mph, right down the middle of the lane.

Oh crap, is this going to turn into a bike hate thread? Eject, eject!!
 
2012-04-10 12:50:54 PM  

Santa's Knee: Rapmaster2000: veive: Uchiha_Cycliste: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA Victory is mine!

I got rid of my car a few years ago after shattering my right leg. But once I recovered my mobility and muscles, I never looked back. I <3 riding my bike everywhere, even in the rain to work (like today). And my commute is only 20 something miles each way.
If I can do it, the rest of you lazy farkers can too.

\Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a motherfarking bike.
\\not a go-cart, not a school-bus, but a bike fat-ass, a farking bike fatass.

That's great douchenozzle, but there are a few points you seem to have missed:
My 2 year old can't ride a bike; in fact there are several months per year in Texas where having him outside for too long could kill him due to the extreme heat.

[cache.virtualtourist.com image 640x478]

LOLWUT.

Actually, that infant had died over 14 days prior.

The tribeswomen of the Kalahari are required by law to carry the deceased for 42 days on their person, shaking the corpse every few hours to ensure proper fermentation of the innards - so that they can be ritually consumed by the local clan chieftain and his council under the height of the moon on the last day.

Otherwise, there will be no more IFC filmcrews for the rest of the season.


I HOPE that's a joke...if not, that's incredibly sad..and odd.

/too lazy to look into it. dead babies gives me a sads.
 
2012-04-10 12:52:01 PM  

Rapmaster2000: veive: Uchiha_Cycliste: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA Victory is mine!

I got rid of my car a few years ago after shattering my right leg. But once I recovered my mobility and muscles, I never looked back. I <3 riding my bike everywhere, even in the rain to work (like today). And my commute is only 20 something miles each way.
If I can do it, the rest of you lazy farkers can too.

\Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a motherfarking bike.
\\not a go-cart, not a school-bus, but a bike fat-ass, a farking bike fatass.

That's great douchenozzle, but there are a few points you seem to have missed:
My 2 year old can't ride a bike; in fact there are several months per year in Texas where having him outside for too long could kill him due to the extreme heat.

[cache.virtualtourist.com image 640x478]

LOLWUT.


"Mali has one of the world's highest rates of infant mortality,[53] with 106 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007."

Perhaps choosing Segou wasn't the wisest choice for a counter-example.
 
2012-04-10 12:52:12 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: BTW, you guys realize that the parents waiting with their kids at the bus stops aren't helicopter parents - the kids aren't ALLOWED to wait alone anymore.


[citation needed]
 
2012-04-10 12:54:10 PM  

inner ted: Jim from Saint Paul: So Fark, am I allowed to dislike in when some of these sons-o-biatches use their bicycle on roads where there are no marked bike lanes? You know, like they treat the lane like they are a motorcycle or something?

Because I *REALLY* dislike it when they do that.

/If your appratus cannot go the speed limit and there is NO lane for you, get on the damnned sidewalk

you will loose your shiat if you ever come to portland, or. it's beyond stupid. some dipshiat taking their sweet ass time meandering down the middle of the street holding up traffic for blocks & blocks. & if you dare to honk, you will be on the vicious end of hipster douche rage. how dare you try and make them conform to society and it's clocks. that's way to mainstream of you.

/i've developed the "safety honk" -- for safety.
// the lulz induced by hipster rage at my honking for safety is priceless.


We (on bikes) are not in a hermetically sealed metal cage and we can hear you behind us. You have a loud motor. We can also often smell you behind us. We know you're there.

A honk is not safe, it's loud and startling and can cause one to lose concentration, balance, and control.

A honk for lulz is dangerous.

Don't be a dick.
 
2012-04-10 12:54:36 PM  

Geotpf: Rev. Skarekroe: BTW, you guys realize that the parents waiting with their kids at the bus stops aren't helicopter parents - the kids aren't ALLOWED to wait alone anymore.

[citation needed]


I was going to call bullshiat, but I got tired.
 
2012-04-10 12:55:54 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: When I ride, I obey all laws and keep myself safe. It's how I've ridden at least a 100K miles in traffic and never been hit. On my off time, I help EVERYONE I know (and some I don't) to wrench, build bikes, give them bikes, teach them to ride and how to commute safely. You are barking up the wrong tree here.


I wish you luck. As a pedestrian, I've been nearly taken out by more bicyclists than motorists, despite the vastly superior number of motorists. Urban cyclists are the worst combination of entitlement and incompetence.
 
2012-04-10 12:56:22 PM  
I wonder what the weight limit on this continent is... Maybe one day we'll exceed it and sink into the ocean like Atlantis.

/wishful thinking
//enjoy your burrito
 
2012-04-10 12:56:51 PM  
The other aspect of people in WALL-E is also becoming evident. Several people I saw at the grocery store this past weekend were yammering away at full volume on their headset cell phones while they shopped -- completely oblivious to the fact that they seemed -- to outside observers -- to be some sort of crazy person who was animatedly talking to nobody.
 
2012-04-10 12:57:12 PM  

dj_spanmaster: Keigh: I was just googling for a grocery store close enough for me to walk to this morning, ... and i'm terribly disappointed. I live IN the city limits now! Why should i drive into the county to get groceries? OR i could walk through the park to the Straubs (2.2 miles one way). OR i could go to a teeny grocery store that may or may not actually have the english language on the packaging. OR I could end up at someplace called grocery that is actually a corporate warehouse for save a lot. Dammit.

not getting a kick, etc.

You sound like you should get a bike, K.


You're perpetuating the bias against walking!

but seriously i do have a bike, its just not very good and it's covered in alkali dust. It rattles quite loudly and scares me. Also, hills suck. The point is not "how far can i get without using my car". I could ride Metro Bus for that. It's actually, I wanna walk on my own two feet, to the store, but it would take me all damn day, and that sucks.
 
2012-04-10 12:57:44 PM  

She comes in colors everywhere: inner ted: Jim from Saint Paul: So Fark, am I allowed to dislike in when some of these sons-o-biatches use their bicycle on roads where there are no marked bike lanes? You know, like they treat the lane like they are a motorcycle or something?

Because I *REALLY* dislike it when they do that.

/If your appratus cannot go the speed limit and there is NO lane for you, get on the damnned sidewalk

you will loose your shiat if you ever come to portland, or. it's beyond stupid. some dipshiat taking their sweet ass time meandering down the middle of the street holding up traffic for blocks & blocks. & if you dare to honk, you will be on the vicious end of hipster douche rage. how dare you try and make them conform to society and it's clocks. that's way to mainstream of you.

/i've developed the "safety honk" -- for safety.
// the lulz induced by hipster rage at my honking for safety is priceless.

We (on bikes) are not in a hermetically sealed metal cage and we can hear you behind us. You have a loud motor. We can also often smell you behind us. We know you're there.

A honk is not safe, it's loud and startling and can cause one to lose concentration, balance, and control.

A honk for lulz is dangerous.

Don't be a dick.


I drive a Prius - the collective YOU that are cyclists give me NO END OF shiat when I am behind you and you don't notice my little car. The only way to get some of YOU to move to the curb is to honk.
 
2012-04-10 12:57:51 PM  

Rapmaster2000: veive: Uchiha_Cycliste: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA Victory is mine!

I got rid of my car a few years ago after shattering my right leg. But once I recovered my mobility and muscles, I never looked back. I <3 riding my bike everywhere, even in the rain to work (like today). And my commute is only 20 something miles each way.
If I can do it, the rest of you lazy farkers can too.

\Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a motherfarking bike.
\\not a go-cart, not a school-bus, but a bike fat-ass, a farking bike fatass.

That's great douchenozzle, but there are a few points you seem to have missed:
My 2 year old can't ride a bike; in fact there are several months per year in Texas where having him outside for too long could kill him due to the extreme heat.



LOLWUT.


http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/uploadedImages/Content/Chief_Operating_Off icer/chs/vstat/Hotcolddths/month0308.gif

LOLYEAH

/did not stutter.
 
2012-04-10 12:58:16 PM  

This text is now purple: Uchiha_Cycliste: When I ride, I obey all laws and keep myself safe. It's how I've ridden at least a 100K miles in traffic and never been hit. On my off time, I help EVERYONE I know (and some I don't) to wrench, build bikes, give them bikes, teach them to ride and how to commute safely. You are barking up the wrong tree here.

I wish you luck. As a pedestrian, I've been nearly taken out by more bicyclists than motorists, despite the vastly superior number of motorists. Urban cyclists are the worst combination of entitlement and incompetence.


Imagine those same people driving cars. The entitlement and incompetence don't go away.
 
2012-04-10 12:59:33 PM  

Geotpf: inner ted: Jim from Saint Paul: So Fark, am I allowed to dislike in when some of these sons-o-biatches use their bicycle on roads where there are no marked bike lanes? You know, like they treat the lane like they are a motorcycle or something?

Because I *REALLY* dislike it when they do that.

/If your appratus cannot go the speed limit and there is NO lane for you, get on the damnned sidewalk

you will loose your shiat if you ever come to portland, or. it's beyond stupid. some dipshiat taking their sweet ass time meandering down the middle of the street holding up traffic for blocks & blocks. & if you dare to honk, you will be on the vicious end of hipster douche rage. how dare you try and make them conform to society and it's clocks. that's way to mainstream of you.

/i've developed the "safety honk" -- for safety.
// the lulz induced by hipster rage at my honking for safety is priceless.

Legally, bikes belong on the road, not the sidewalk. It's not called the "sidebike".


While I m certainly receptive of the contrarian viewpoints given in this thread, I would point out that it's not called a Bi-Road either.

/NTTAWWT
 
2012-04-10 12:59:35 PM  

She comes in colors everywhere: A honk is not safe, it's loud and startling and can cause one to lose concentration, balance, and control.


If you are unable to safely handle your vehicle, you are obligated to dismount and walk.
 
2012-04-10 12:59:48 PM  
I grew up in a rural area. I lived about 11 miles from the school when I was growing up.

I was the first one on the school bus in the morning, the last one off in the evening. I was on that damn thing for an hour each way. When I got my license, It only took me 15 mins to drive myself to school.

My closest friend lived over a mile away, the next one lived 1.5 miles away in the other direction. I would ride my bike over to their houses during the summer and spend all day with them, then ride back home in the evenings. I lived on a hill, and I could almost coast a mile on my bike, but coming home was a biatch.

Now, I live out in the country. It takes me about 10 mins to drive to the closest place that sells food, and about 20 mins to the nearest "city".

/when you live out in the country, you get your exercise by working outside (especially when it gets warmer out) because you have to drive everywhere.
//but, I have plenty of space to work outside...and plenty to work on
 
2012-04-10 01:00:21 PM  
OK, just so I know I'm not just having a nightmare:

We live in a country where people eat themselves out of the ability to walk.

Seriously, we live in a country where people eat until they lose the ability to move on their own without the assistance of a machine.

Just checking.
 
2012-04-10 01:00:46 PM  

Rapmaster2000: ihatedumbpeople:

He's right...summers here (central VA) get pretty damned hot, they 'seem' hotter than the summers we had while I was in Georgia (bout a decade ago). mid-upper 90s, humidity through the roof...egads. Play outside in that for long and you better take a break, get some water, etc. Heat stroke is no joke.

No, he's not "right". He's not talking about his two year old playing around. He's saying he can't put a two year old on the back of a bike because the child would literally die from being out of the air conditioning. As if women in Texas didn't carry children on their back while picking cotton (black and white) for 150 years before everyone lived in a cul-de-sac outside of Austin.

I get it, the heat is uncomfortable, but it's not deadly for a child to be in the shade in a Central Virginia summer now any more than it was for the previous 400 years.


didn't read the whole post...but yeah, that's not going to kill your kid. I'm talking about playing outside in the sun...when it's upper 90s with sky high humidity. no one is fortunate enough to have that much shade...heck, anyone can sit in the shade all day and not die from it.

footshot: I was lucky enough to be in Uganda last year, it's pretty much on the equator, gets quite warm. Didn't seem to stop people walking.


True...but take those Ugandans...give them AC for a year. Where they work, where they shop, where they eat, where they live...THEN throw them back out in that heat. Heat is different when you've never known anything else.
 
2012-04-10 01:00:46 PM  

kab: Yes, because then cagers whine like little biatches that cyclists get to transport themselves while paying no insurance or road fees, etc.

"no fair, I'm in my climate controlled steerable lazy-boy, eating cheeseburgers and texting while I drive, and that cyclist doesn't pay for roads!"


Motorists pay for roads through fuel taxes and in many States personal property taxes on the vehicles themselves. Cyclists take up space on the road and are often ignorant of (or ignore) traffic laws and in my experience are almost always inconsiderate of the other vehicles on the road; it may be unpractical to ask cyclists to pay for use of public streets but it isn't necessarily unreasonable.
 
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