I'll let you know if any of my other guest-posting endeavors materializes during my absence, but pending that I'm out until Tuesday September 6th.
Happy Laborious Day!
--Wildcat Rock Machine
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The Scorcher Menace strikes again! Ted points to this story of a school bus driver forced to swerve off of the road because, according to the initial headline, some kid was riding home from school on his bicycle in Columbia, Missouri.
According to the news story, a vehicle moved left into the oncoming lane of traffic to pass the kid on the bike, which in turn forced the bus driver in the oncoming lane to veer into the ditch. An earlier version of the headline for that story apparently blamed the kid on the bike for the crash, when in fact it was the (unidentified) driver of the first vehicle performing an unsafe pass.
This story reminds me of a crash on Highway 17 near Los Gatos, California last April that was dispatched as “bicyclist on right hand side caused traffic collision.” This was in a curved portion of the road known as “The Cats.” It turns out the driver, moving well beyond the 50 MPH speed limit, jockeyed left to move around the guy on the bike. Unfortunately for the driver, there was another vehicle in that left lane, so oops.
Driving with care is apparently too difficult for many of us to handle. If you’re going to break the law anyway, perhaps you should do so in a conveyance that won’t cause thousands of dollars in property damage and possible loss of life or limb when the inevitable “accident” occurs.
Image: “, The Unrestrained Demon of the Wheel, How he looks to timid people.” Sept. 23, 1893 attributed to “Corbould” but I can’t find good information on who that is.
Update: Video here on Instagram, which also shows cyclist Michael Guerra slowing his brakeless track bike by rubbing both shoes against the rear wheel before clipping back in.
This GIF of a guy pulling a superman while rolling downhill on a track bike is making the rounds on various social media.
I think I counted 140 RPM when he releases his feet from the pedals. After watching this animation a buddy reminded me of our lunch rides in Boulder County, Colorado. I’d show up on my fixed gear, and naturally everyone else picked that day for hill work. I’d unclip on fast downhills because my feet couldn’t keep up. On my 42×14 gearing, I’d hit about 200 RPM at 50 MPH. Unlike the guy in the video, I stayed seated and rested my feet inside the front triangle. Also unlike the guy in the video, I rode with brakes.
I’m very good at clipping in, because I had to learn to do it with pedals on the move at about 80 RPM.
And for one glorious yet fleeting moment, Heath Evans's Wikipedia entry was delightfully accurate:This is not okay. Plan ahead and leave early for the next @Chargers game. #stayclassysandiego https://t.co/oxVyM9vROq— San Diego Police (@SanDiegoPD) August 21, 2016
Bicycle riders you do not own the road! Respectfully, Heath (I wanna hit you w/ my car) Evans.Hey @nflnetwork -- are you going to fire @HeathEvans44 for saying he wants to hit cyclists with his car? pic.twitter.com/5JCp9hyVTG— Daniel McMahon (@cyclingreporter) August 20, 2016
When I attended the Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit the other week, I met local cycling legend Ray Hosler. He and I both were interested in what California Bicycle Coalition Director David Snyder said when somebody asked why CalBike doesn’t support an “Idaho Stop” law for California. You can read what Snyder had to say in Ray’s post on the topic here, where I also learned that I apparently coined the term “Idaho Stop” in 2008.
According to Wikipedia:
The term “Idaho Stop” came into use as a result of the California effort in 2008. Prior to that it was called “Idaho Style” or “Roll-and-go.” “Idaho Stop” was first used by the bicycle blogger Richard Masoner in June 2008 coverage of the San Francisco proposal, but in reference to the “Idaho Stop Law.” In August of the same year, the term – now in quotes – first showed up in print in a Christian Science Monitor article by Ben Arnoldy who referred to the “so-called ‘Idaho stop’ rule.” Soon after the term “Idaho stop” was commonly being used as a noun, not a modifier.
This block was added by Wikipedia contributor “Volcycle” on March 3, 2016.
I dug a little further, and found a mention by Jim Stallman in May 2007. Jim is a long-time cyclist advocate who lives in Saratoga, California. In a discussion about all of the stop signs along various cycling routes across the city of Cupertino, Stallman wrote:
Stelling should have had its stop signs removed 15 years ago when the freeway opened but this never happened. Maybe California will adopt the Idaho Stop Law sometime in our lifetimes. CBC hasn’t supported it, though.
I guess I participated in helping to popularize the term, but I had heard it from Stallman and probably others before 2008. Somebody who understands Wikipedia’s citation rules better than me can make the correction to the article, if you want.
The Idaho Stop rule is a popular name for Idaho’s law, which (in a nutshell) says cyclists may treat red lights as stop signs, and stop signs as yield signs.
H/T to my colleague Naoto, who pointed out Ray’s mention of me.