Tired of Sharing the Road

Bicycles Don't Belong on Public Roads!

Why they Ride in Europe

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European countries recognize the enormous subisidies societies pay for fuel and infrastructure supporting motorized traffic and levy excise taxes accordingly. The lion’s share of the cost of fuel in those countries is tax. The cost of licensing and annual renewals is based on engine displacement and makes it prohibitively expensive for the average driver to operate a large, inefficient vehicle. For example, if a person in Norway, one of Europe’s top oil producers, wants to buy a new Camaro with a five liter V-8, by the time the car is registered and insured he will have spent more than $200,000.  It is not the same people.  They ride because they have to.  They can’t afford the damn cars.  We can.  Stick to the shoulder and stay off my roads.

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December 2, 2010 at 12:22 am

Not Like Europe

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Making U.S. streets safe for non-motorized road users will take education of both bicyclists and drivers on correct and safe practices. This is a stinking waste of money.  As many European countries have found, a legal system that includes strict liability for motorists and harsh penalties for drivers who kill or injure non-motorized road users discourages unsafe driving practices. Stay off the roads!

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December 1, 2010 at 12:20 am

Bike Lanes Won’t Help?

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Adding more bike lanes is not the solution to integration of non-motorized vehicles into the traffic paradigm. Although bike lanes may encourage novice cyclists to ride on streets shared with motor traffic, they can also provide a false sense of security. Striped bike lanes also give motorists the false impression that cyclists must always ride within them where present. The California Vehicle Code requires cyclists to ride as far to the right as practicable, but provides an exemption when certain conditions exist, including when avoiding substandard pavement conditions, debris, pedestrians, parked cars, opening doors, or slower moving vehicles. Sometimes when a cyclist is traveling at speed it is not safe to ride in a bike lane due to the proximity of the roadway’s edge or curb.

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November 30, 2010 at 12:18 am

Posted in Bicycle, Bike, Cycling, Politics

Bike Lanes in San Diego????

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As the presence of bike lanes begins to grow in San Diego, can vehicle drivers and bicycle riders get along? Will we ever reach the level of accommodation seen in European and Asian cities? Share your thoughts on sharing the road below.

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November 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Ride to Die

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If you want to spend some public money to build bikes-only paths or courses, fine with me. But for the sake of the next LA or OC bike rider that otherwise will be killed in about a month or so, let’s give up this politically correct fantasy about cars and bicycles sharing the road. It doesn’t work, period.

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November 29, 2010 at 12:16 am

Black Friday Deals

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Don’t be caught off guard on Black Friday.  While shopping on Black Friday for Christmas gifts you need to be ready for accidents.  If you get struck by a bullet, arrow, knife, stick, or sword you are likely to have a “penetrating” injury.  If one of these items lodge in a vital area of your body (the trunk or eye) removing them may make the problem worse causing you to “bleed out”. If you are not comfortable removing the item yourself, you should find one of the available clerks (as they are trained to do this).  If it is your scalp that gets injured (get scalped) you will need to take additional steps to prevent bleeding out.  The scalp, if struck directly will bleed profusely. If you get “scalped” while shopping you will not likely survive.  Be safe and be ready to help a fellow shopper if they get injured.

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November 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Safe Alternative Lighting Source? You Decide

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November 24, 2010 at 9:50 am

Posted in Bicycle, Bike, Uncategorized