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Bikes and the End of the World
The Wall Street Journal, by Jason Gay

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Posted By:DaddyO, 6/6/2013 4:19:01 PM

Just get on a bike. It works. It really does. It doesn´t matter if you´re exhausted by the bike debate, or the alleged bike debate, or whatever this supposedly acid conflict should be called, because I´m pretty sure bikes are nowhere near as divisive as they are sometimes portrayed. I don´t know anyone who would identify themselves as ´anti-bike.´ I don´t actually know what ´anti-bike´ means. It sounds more miserable than being ´anti-beer.´ Anti-bike? Really? I believe there are some worthy issues about the growing role of the bicycle in daily lives,

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Not that there´s anything wrong with it, as long as it is voluntary. One commenter had a good point, bicyclists who get killed in accidents rarely get mentioned in the news, and it´s always to promote more bike lanes.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: plex, 6/6/2013 4:21:13 PM     (No. 9363898)

Tucson is "bike friendly" Which seems to mean that bikes are free to ride in the traffic lanes. That ticks me off, especially on narrow streets and on mountain roads.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Skofla, 6/6/2013 4:30:10 PM     (No. 9363918)

Whoops! I remember years ago riding in a cab in San Francisco. The cabbie was frothing at the mouth about the bike messengers and bike lanes, claiming that his gasoline tax paid for the road, and now the bicyclists were clogging that same road up tax-free. Plus, they rarely followed the law. He had some points.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: calgrammy, 6/6/2013 4:49:44 PM     (No. 9363941)

I make the same drive five days a week or more. I come to stop light, there are three lanes. Left turn,straight and right turn. I am in my car in the middle straight lane. So say there is a cyclist in either the left or right only turn lanes. I am going straight, so guess which way the cyclist turn? Correct if you say they always turn the opposite way right in front of me.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: buckhorn_cortez, 6/6/2013 4:54:50 PM     (No. 9363943)

Only in New York could riding a bicycle be controversial. 16 oz sodas, bikes -- I just don´t think I care. These people have a special talent for make simple things excrutiatingly difficult and onerous.

I´ll just add NY to the,"Can´t wait until it falls into the ocean" category along with most of California.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 6/6/2013 4:58:31 PM     (No. 9363946)

#3 - when we lived in SF in the 1970s - Richmond District. We frequently biked down to Stern Grove, or through Golden Gate Park to the ocean. Loved biking there.

SF is a great city for bike riding - builds strong legs going up those hills (and clear sailing down)!

If I were younger - I´d be biking around Manhattan.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Babsathome, 6/6/2013 5:05:54 PM     (No. 9363954)

No kidding the cabbies used to try and wedge me between them when I rode through Cambridge way back when..... Nothing much has changed. You take your life in your hands.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: HPmatt, 6/6/2013 5:10:38 PM     (No. 9363957)

Nothing like a good bike ride to work up a sweat on your way to work in your suit. Very nice riding in Spring and Fall, but when it is 105deg in Dallas, you don´t want to ride in a blast furnace to/from work. Of course since you´re on a bike you can ignore stop signs and act self-righteous to those in their air-condition SUVs driving on horizontally-drilled fracked US produced gasoline.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 6/6/2013 5:13:32 PM     (No. 9363960)

The scenic bike thoughts should be modified by the ugly , intrusive, huge Citibank signs all ove the site.. Thebike racks are in narrow one way quaint cobblestone, potholed streets..you cannot get a rescue vehicle close to some high density sites cause of the looming racks..fire and ambulance rescues rank after Danish ethos and roman holiday vignettes of skirts flying and little toto in a basket carrier..Reality.. Lycra louts on sidewalks, not stopping ever for traffic signals or pedestrians..and when a biker goes to the great asphalt in the sky.. Through a stoopid move on their part.. Like riding drunk after midnight..you would think it is a Greek tragedy of innocent , pure as the wind driven snow murder.. Instead of Darwinian culling for their smug self absorbed non participating in the norms of traffic road rules... Waiting for the first lawsuit from a maladjusted bike. Oh the fee is only good for 30 minutes unless you dock it at29. Minutes and check it out again to continue..

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Reply 10 - Posted by: rubberneck, 6/6/2013 5:13:36 PM     (No. 9363961)

#1: Tucson is "bike friendly" Which seems to mean that bikes are free to ride in the traffic lanes.

In every one of the 57 states (right, Dear Leader?), it is codified that bicycles have as much right to the road as any other traffic. Obviously many states have exceptions - interstate highways and such. However, I agree with the sentiment that there are roads where bicycles just don´t mesh in a comfortable way with the prevailing traffic.

(I´m a year-round transportation cyclist, and do my very best to use the infrastructure legally, cooperatively, visibly, and predictably. And I thankfully get along with 99% of motorists - the exceptions usually being punk teenagers, blue-haired little old ladies, and rednecks in their super-duty pickup trucks.)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 6/6/2013 5:37:05 PM     (No. 9363981)

Well, let´s just go whole hog - since our "leaders" want to turn us into another third world country, why don´t we just force commuters onto trains & when a car is full - the riders are forced to hang on to the sides & the top? THINK of all the fossil fuel we would save!!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: rarebear, 6/6/2013 5:43:01 PM     (No. 9363987)

Say, bikers - is it OK with you if we drivers just roll through a stop sign or red light if it looks like a light traffic intersection? I mean, come on ... what´s the harm? Also, making a quick left turn from the far right lane: That OK, too?


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Reply 13 - Posted by: texaspast, 6/6/2013 6:09:26 PM     (No. 9364020)

Hey, I´ve got nothing against bikes at all. Just the absolute jerks that ride them.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bob913, 6/6/2013 7:26:23 PM     (No. 9364112)

Try riding in the lane provided and not on the white lane and straying into the traffic lane. Oh and stop wearing those stupid looking bike outfits.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 6/6/2013 10:07:41 PM     (No. 9364293)

"I don´t know anyone who would identify themselves as ´anti-bike.´ "

I am. I am ´anti-bike.´

These knuckleheads consistently and reliably disobey the traffic laws. They snake through traffic, run red lights, run stop signs, go the wrong way on one-way streets, they turn without signalling, and so on.

Then they want to claim the protection of the law? To hell with them. Get out of the street and get out of your funny-looking outfits.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Hammock, 6/6/2013 11:40:10 PM     (No. 9364359)

All of these types of debates involve the bike people vs the car people or vice versa. Pedestrians don´t seem to enter into it. I bike, drive, and walk regularly. Today I was nearly hit by a speeding jerk on a bicycle. I don´t even mind bikes on the sidewalk - I understand - but speeding past walkers with no callout is very dangerous. Not even a Prius can sneak up on you like a bike.

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