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(TreeHugger)   Attention bicyclists of New York City: Just because you think a street needs its own bike lane doesn't mean you get to take it upon yourself to paint a fake bike lane. "We're doing something for the public good"   (treehugger.com) divider line 28
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8891 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Sep 2013 at 5:38 PM (48 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-09-25 05:48:51 PM
10 votes:
Cyclists should just wait til the weekend to go on their joyrides. I'd be fine with bicyclists getting their own lane on weekends. But during the week, when actual adults are commuting to work, and these wanna-be Lance Armstrongs are clogging the lanes? Stay home and update your urban lifestyle blog, go harvest some organic kale at the local co-op, or go vintage loafer shopping with your life partner Seth. Leave the roads to the adults who actually work for a living.
2013-09-25 05:42:51 PM
10 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-09-25 05:57:29 PM
8 votes:
The woman went from losing her foot to losing her leg in a paragraph. I didn't finish reading the article because I didn't want her to end up like the black knight.
2013-09-25 06:06:30 PM
4 votes:
Inside a bicyclist's head:

"I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian......."
2013-09-25 06:12:01 PM
2 votes:

uncleacid: I'm going to annoy people with the word macadam for at least a week.


I agree and did so. I moved from "The South" to New Jersey in '07. The guy doing the house inspection referenced the macadam driveway. I was like "Dude, that's asphalt."
2013-09-25 06:07:50 PM
2 votes:

TomD9938: FTA : "We're doing something for the public good," said Keegan Stephan... "So I think it's O.K., even if it's illegal."

Keegan sounds Somalian.


Today, I saw Keegan and Logan stumbling back to their $2800 a month loft in their 19th century barber and paperboy outfits after celebrating another year of funemployment and Brooklyn homogenization by drinking cruelty-free champagne in which the grapes were asked nicely to juice themselves rather than being stomped; and eating local, organic Bushwickian cheese laced with red beard hair and American Spirit cigarette ashes. So I gave them each an uppercut; ran their brochure-like bodies through a paper shredder and tossed the confetti around my still normal and actually diverse neighborhood. End of story.
2013-09-25 06:00:46 PM
2 votes:
Ooh, is this the thread where car drivers complain that they get mildly inconvenienced when they are stuck behind a bicyclist for 30 seconds, and therefore wish death upon them?

If it is, sign me up! fark those guys!
2013-09-25 10:44:52 PM
1 votes:

Insurgent: lol that is not how right-of-way works.


You're right, it's not. This is how right-of-way works:  3,000 pound motor vehicle versus 150 pounds of asshole atop 40 pounds of aluminum tubing and rubber.All the pretense in the universe won't save you if you dart out in front of one without looking, run a red light or stop sign, or weave in and out of traffic like a chicken with its goddamn head cut off.

So, don't farking do it. Don't get pissy when someone who has no grasp of Newton's laws of motion does, and ends up chunky salsa. Don't sit around here and brag about doing it, or try to argue it's your right to reject our reality and substitute your own. Liability being on the head of the driver is no excuse, because in a battle between Car and Bicycle, the driver will be the one alive and/or  not horrifically mangled to face the legal ramifications in the first place.

You know, I don't drive on train tracks even though where I live it may actually be the most expedient route from point of origin to destination. I don't race trains, and I don't tearass out in front of them at a cross. Why that is, is because in the battle between Car and Train, if I'm representing Team Car my odds aren't too good.
2013-09-25 08:21:30 PM
1 votes:

meyerkev: Luse: No, you don't get to chose which laws to obey. If you demand a full lane, like you claim you are entitled to, because you are a vehicle, then you must obey all laws, including stop signs, like a vehicle.
Perhaps stopping at stop signs instead of rolling through them will help you enhance your fitness level.

That was meant for meyerkev


/selfpwned

So the problem with stopping is that Stopping is a multi-step process.

1) Come to a mostly complete stop.  Your right foot should be slightly in front of the bottom of the rotation.
2) As you finish coming to a complete stop, dismount from the bike by slipping off the front of your seat and planting your left foot against the ground.  If you do this WRONG, expect to get a crotch full of middle bar or fall off the bike since you should be AT LEAST 6 inches off the ground when sitting on your bike seat.  If you can be on the bike seat AND touch the ground with your tiptoes, you're doing it wrong.
2a) There are also creepy people who are probably aliens who dismount by swinging over the back of the bike while it's in motion and standing on one pedal until it stops.  I've tried this and never been able to pull it off (because I'm not that flexible and I have bike racks with baskets which I ram with my foot).
3) If you're going straight or right, you're on the right side of the lane.  If you're going left, you're in the left third of the lane.
4) God forbid you have to make a left turn because you just got rear-ended by the car behind you which wasn't expecting you to stop.   In fact, god forbid you have to make any turn because you are LEGALLY REQUIRED to be signalling this entire time which means that you only have one hand and one brake.

Now that you're stopped, to start again:
1) Kick your pedals backwards until they bounce off your right shin.  This will probably cause significant numbers of open sores since the little prongs on your pedal WILL pierce the skin.
2) Put your right foot on the pedal
3) Push off the ...


What the hell is wrong with you?

If you can't touch the ground with BOTH feet on tiptoes, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG, your seat is set WAY too high.  If you can't put BOTH feet flat on the ground, you're at least a little too high.

And if you're bouncing pedals off of your shin to start, you're a complete idiot.
2013-09-25 08:12:02 PM
1 votes:
I love the biker response of "Well, cars go through stop lights and red lights too!". Yep, and those guys are a-holes, just like the cyclists that do it. I would think that aside from trying to abide by the rules, most cyclist would know they are pretty exposed...even if they have their own bike lane...and would do everything they could to avoid getting into a bad situation.
2013-09-25 07:23:49 PM
1 votes:

firefly212: Mimic_Octopus: Calmamity: I appreciate that they are using non-polluting transportation

REALLY ?!?!?!?!

do you know how much pollution is involved in the mining materials, drilling and refining petroleum, and manufacturing, shipping and advertising bicycles ? they are farking horrible. hemp sandals are the only  non-polluting transportationyou speak of.

Ahh finally... one of the guys who is also gonna clue us on on how CFLs are going to destroy the planet.

Do you have any feelings on vaccinations or global warming while you're on this moronic kick?


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2013-09-25 07:20:13 PM
1 votes:

firefly212: Mimic_Octopus: Calmamity: I appreciate that they are using non-polluting transportation

REALLY ?!?!?!?!

do you know how much pollution is involved in the mining materials, drilling and refining petroleum, and manufacturing, shipping and advertising bicycles ? they are farking horrible. hemp sandals are the only  non-polluting transportationyou speak of.

Ahh finally... one of the guys who is also gonna clue us on on how CFLs are going to destroy the planet.

Do you have any feelings on vaccinations or global warming while you're on this moronic kick?


Besides, hemp sandals? Farking elitist. What's wrong with your feet?
2013-09-25 07:16:57 PM
1 votes:

Calmamity: .. but... godammit, if you can't keep up with the flow of traffic, then get the fu*k off the road.


The fun starts when cyclists use shared cycle/pedestrian footpaths. The sort of issues that car drivers rage about (and the cyclists act holier that thou over) surface again and its the cyclists turn to rage.

Ie, the cyclists that just caused a traffic jam riding 2 abreast (because they have a right to) then get stuck behind 2 pedestrians riding 2 abreast and they lose. the. farken. plot.

"Single file! Keep to the left!* Get out of the way! Your slowing us down!"

(I am not American)

It's hilarious.
2013-09-25 07:14:22 PM
1 votes:

Calmamity: I appreciate that they are using non-polluting transportation


REALLY ?!?!?!?!

do you know how much pollution is involved in the mining materials, drilling and refining petroleum, and manufacturing, shipping and advertising bicycles ? they are farking horrible. hemp sandals are the only  non-polluting transportationyou speak of.
2013-09-25 06:57:20 PM
1 votes:
"Right of Way is a NYC-based activist collective 'dedicated to asserting the rights of car-free street users'"

that phrase alone makes me want to mow them down with a unimog.
2013-09-25 06:49:12 PM
1 votes:

The_Sponge: Inside a bicyclist's head:

"I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian.....I'm a car.....I'm a pedestrian......."


Which is still better than most car driver's heads:

"What do I have to do after work today, oh that's right I'm meeting sarah for drinks, got she is such a biatch I can't believe she is cheating on john, oh look at marasha's text message I can't believe she sent me that. I'll just quickly responded"... *thump* "oh my god that cyclist came out of no where!!!!"
2013-09-25 06:40:32 PM
1 votes:

Ecdysozoa: Love the cager rage in this thread.

No matter what inconvenience a cyclist or pedestrian are to a motor vehicle a little right pedal action quickly gets your ass going again.

/cagers can deal with it
//digital sunglasses.gif


What does basketball have to do with this?
2013-09-25 06:20:02 PM
1 votes:

ShepTR: Ooh, is this the thread where car drivers complain that they get mildly inconvenienced when they are stuck behind a bicyclist for 30 seconds, and therefore wish death upon them?

If it is, sign me up! fark those guys!


Cyclists should die. But it need not be a physical death. Just slay the beast within you that needs to find adversaries. Drivers do the same.

We're all just people. Slower traffic keep right. Watch out for your corn hole.
2013-09-25 06:17:48 PM
1 votes:
Paging Cosmo Kramer....
2013-09-25 06:16:26 PM
1 votes:
Treygreen13
waterrockets:
Show me a 5 minute video of ANY lighted intersection with continuous traffic that does not have at least one motor vehicle failing to stop on red.

Any lighted instersection? Really? Not that I keep 5 minute videos of lighted intersections but I bet I could walk outside right now, film, and I wouldn't see a car blow through the red light like a cyclist will.


That's why there are no red-light cameras : too unprofitable.
2013-09-25 06:08:56 PM
1 votes:
I'm going to annoy people with the word macadam for at least a week.
2013-09-25 06:00:38 PM
1 votes:
www.hbstache.com

This sums up my feelings as a long time cyclist.....pretty simple really
2013-09-25 05:57:21 PM
1 votes:

Token Anarchist: This is a great example of direct action in the face of an unresponsive government that's been sold out to oil and auto interests.


Except creating these "bike lanes" doesn't leave enough room in the travel lane for cars. It requires the cars to either drive into oncoming traffic, or drive partially in the bike lane. There's a reason these cyclists are on their way to a vinyl record shop 2 and not an engineering firm.
2013-09-25 05:56:55 PM
1 votes:
FTA : "We're doing something for the public good," said Keegan Stephan... "So I think it's O.K., even if it's illegal."

Keegan sounds Somalian.
2013-09-25 05:50:05 PM
1 votes:

violentsalvation: God that site really has something against spray-in foam insulation. You'd think tree huggers would want houses sealed up tight and efficient.


What fascinates me is that foamed glass has been around for almost a century. It's inert, light, easy to work with, fireproof and mildew resistant. I must be missing something.

It probably only worked with balloon frames or something. We gotta build cheap and fast.
2013-09-25 04:52:47 PM
1 votes:

serial_crusher: comhcinc: I am completely okay with this as long as I am allowed to make up my lanes as well.

Yeah, kind of this.  How long until some chucklehead makes his own "no bikes" signs?


Better yet, paint it IN the fake bike lane.
2013-09-25 04:38:51 PM
1 votes:
I want to like bicyclists, I really do. I appreciate their commitment to their health, I appreciate that they are using non-polluting transportation.... but... godammit, if you can't keep up with the flow of traffic, then get the fu*k off the road. And what makes you think you're so special that you get to run red lights whenever you feel like it?

"Oooh ooh, Treat me like a vehicle! Follow behind me at 6 miles an hour while I mosey down the center of the lane and back up traffic for miles! I'm a vehicle!...  until it is inconvenient to me. Then I'm a pedestrian. A pedestrian who ignores all traffic laws."
2013-09-25 04:03:55 PM
1 votes:
I am completely okay with this as long as I am allowed to make up my lanes as well.
 
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