Nearly Doored; Passenger Good Enough to Apologize

Usually I scan driver’s seat or the rear driver side seat to check for doors that might opening ahead of me. In this instance, a passenger in the rear reached over the seats to open the rear, driver-side door. I didn’t anticipate it at all. Had he swung the door all the way open (or had I been a less experienced cyclist and got spooked), there would’ve been an accident. Silver lining: He apologized! Unlike this guy. So, that was nice of him.

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Aggressive Bus Driving

“I can’t wait to break the law!” – Bus driver

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No time for remorse, too important of a man

He either had a terrible day already or is bit of a sociopath. Does not excuse the rudeness, in my opinion.

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Too Fast, Too Close

Days since threatened by idiot driver: 1

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On the Newish Ames St Bike Lane

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Traveling Pianoman

So, this is happening today: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3425153

StreetPianos festival is finally in Boston and I’m on a mission to play them all in one day. http://streetpianos.com/boston2013/

Although, pretty sure I’m setting myself up for failure – not really interested in riding out to Logan.

We’ll see how it goes!

 

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The Shift

Came across this article from Eoin: http://rebelmetropolis.org/every-car-a-murder-every-bicycle-a-love-affair/

I tried to summarize it here but I think it’s best to ask you to read it. It’s excellent, short and has a collection of  incredible pictures.

This piece appeared on my radar a day after I heard about the launch of the Bay Area Bike Share program.  Earlier tonight  my brother the runner tells me he signed up for the Chicago bike share program because “honestly if I can save the three minutes on either end that it takes to lock up my bike..”

Hubway celebrated two-year anniversary with a fat list of impressive stats in late July. Two weeks later Citibikes blew those numbers out of the water, racking up 2 million rides in 76 days. I recalled Madison WI had their own bicycle program long before Boston/NYC/Chicago/San Fran installed their share systems, so I dug in to do a bit more reading only to find that the B-Cycle program is already available in a bunch of other towns including the super suburbia of South Florida near my mother’s house.

I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this shift. As a career pessimist I want more proof, but my gut tells me – I’m pretty sure

its.happening

 

Students are all back now to the area and many are opting for two wheels. More and more cyclist hit the road and every year I see that the general behavior improving a wee by wee bit as we hit a critical mass of law-abiding riders. It’s nice. Also, it is possible that as I grow older and more exhausted, I care less.

So, what do you think? Are you seeing trends out there that give you a hopeful glow for bicycling future, like the light that’s growing in my cold-bitter heart of  a jaded cyclist?

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CitiBikes: “Vaguely French”

Why Conservatives Hate Citi Bike So Much, in One Venn Diagram.

“It is a very slippery slope from sharing bikes to sharing everything.”

Haha.

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CitiBikes! Com’n get ’em!

CitiBikes launched. Wahoo!

I very much enjoyed this small UI touch: On the map, each pin is color-coded to show bikes/docks availability.  You can still click on each pin to read that same information (which is how Hubway’s map works.)

It has not yet expanded to parts of Brooklyn and Queens that I frequent, but the initial coverage is impressive!

Congratulations, NYC.

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CitiBikes To Hit the Streets Like It’s Going Out of Style

New Yorkers displayed their pent-up demand for a bike-sharing program, expected to roll out in May, when the earliest batch of keys sold out in less than two days.

Read more here.

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