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liquify
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(Reply to #3351)

ThurberMingus wrote:
Mods change thread title to “Animals Vs Tarck”

Or, People who don't know they can keep their email open instead of having to rush to is when this thread updates. I guess that is a bit wordy, huh?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 21:27
VT regularbike
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I almost hit a turkey riding in fort DuPont in Washington DC. It about scared the shit out of my

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 21:33
sparksflyhigh
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Once ran over a dog that ran out of someone's front yard as I rode by on my commute. I was pretty pissed off that someone would just leave their annoying untrained little dog out there. Almost took a serious spill, it did knock my front wheel way out of true.

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:34
deadforkinglast
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(Reply to #3354)

kmcdon wrote:
same, but it was a crow at 45mph. crow entered the front wheel, feathers and red shit exited.

My friend did a similar thing riding down the hill from the UC Santa Cruz campus, except with a squirrel. I guess squirrels are a bit more substantial than crows because he ate shit. He panicked for a moment because he could see so much blood, then realized it was mostly squirrel blood splatter.

Then he panicked because he was covered in squirrel blood splatter.

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:36
mdilthey
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Kell and I rode through a seabird sanctuary once. They had warning signs about the birds, which are heavily territorial. We were attacked as promised.

26/M/41t N/W

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:44
kmcdon
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(Reply to #3356)

deadforkinglast wrote:
squirrels are a bit more substantial

Birds have hollow bones and are optimized for the lowest strength:weight ratio possible. Land creatures usually have quite a bit more heft to them.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:11
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I watched a squirrel try to dive through a friend's front Ksyrium on a descent once. The results were rather meat grinder-like. Kept it upright, and aside from needing to clean his everything, the wheel didn't knock out of true at all

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:22
Rusty Piton
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I rode past this sign but was not attacked by birds on this ride.
Untitled by rudyluciani, on Flickr

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 09:56
lukasz
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I saw a man come out from between two parked cars yesterday, look the wrong way down the road at the back of a car that had just passed, then turn to see me coming at him at 20+ mph and panic.

I did not hit him.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:04
bward1028

I have hit fewer than a dozen pedestrians in DC. One time i hit two people in one block of Georgetown. same thing- jumping out into the street from between parked cars. once i hit a lady who tried to start walking in the bike lane becasue she thought it was a sidewalk extension.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:15
Rusty Piton
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(Reply to #3361)

lukasz wrote:
I saw a man come out from between two parked cars yesterday, look the wrong way down the road at the back of a car that had just passed, then turn to see me coming at him at 20+ mph and panic.

I did not hit him.

This describes 40% of pedestrians I see.
The other 60% are looking at their phones as they step into the street.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:21
deadforkinglast
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The thing here in SF lately is people whose ubers are arriving who step into the bike lane and manage to completely look through oncoming cyclists. A few times now, I have been directly in the line of sight between the person and their uber and they still step right out in front of/into me with no recognition that I'm there.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:26
lukasz
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A few years ago when I was calmer and wiser I almost got doored when a typical bro in downtown Manhattan opened the door of his cab into the bike lane at nearly the most unfortunate moment for me. I told him to look next time, and he said that he did--not realizing the implications of his statement. In retrospect I should've punched him in the face.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:56
mdilthey
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I was a co-TA with a guy who was in his second year of physical therapy because he stepped into a crosswalk while looking at his phone and got hit.

26/M/41t N/W

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:27
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #3365)

lukasz wrote:
A few years ago when I was calmer and wiser I almost got doored when a typical bro in downtown Manhattan opened the door of his cab into the bike lane at nearly the most unfortunate moment for me. I told him to look next time, and he said that he did--not realizing the implications of his statement. In retrospect I should've punched him in the face.

I've been worrying quite a bit about this lately. Since UBER / LYFT / CAB passengers don't have their own rear view mirror and the design of the car makes it difficult to look through a window, what hope do we have of ever fixing the problem? It would be cool if drivers kept the doors locked until the coast was clear then let the passenger know it was okay to open the door but I very much doubt there is any training or verification for this sort of behavior.

Obvious fix is to never ride in bike lanes adjacent to car doors but sometimes taking the primary shared lane feels like such a dick move when there is a bike lane adjacent to you.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:57
JUGE FREDD
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Cars need to pull all the way to the edge to unload or turn

yes they absolutely *must* block the bike lane for any safety to be possible

this is already the law in Washington, and noone ever does it because they're all 'woke' to staying out of the bike lane

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:17
bward1028

Yeah, lots of the taxis in SF have a bumper sticker saying "This vehicle is legally allowed to temporarily stop in the bike lane to unload passengers" and has the code number.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:05
eric_ssucks
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mostly because otherwise they'll get some jerkwad trying to start a fight.

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:12
jamesacklin
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(Reply to #3369)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
lukasz wrote:
A few years ago when I was calmer and wiser I almost got doored when a typical bro in downtown Manhattan opened the door of his cab into the bike lane at nearly the most unfortunate moment for me. I told him to look next time, and he said that he did--not realizing the implications of his statement. In retrospect I should've punched him in the face.

I've been worrying quite a bit about this lately. Since UBER / LYFT / CAB passengers don't have their own rear view mirror and the design of the car makes it difficult to look through a window, what hope do we have of ever fixing the problem? It would be cool if drivers kept the doors locked until the coast was clear then let the passenger know it was okay to open the door but I very much doubt there is any training or verification for this sort of behavior.

Obvious fix is to never ride in bike lanes adjacent to car doors but sometimes taking the primary shared lane feels like such a dick move when there is a bike lane adjacent to you.

These are inexperienced city folk. True sewer rats know you exit curbside, always, without exception.

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:31
lukasz
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This was just a cab stuck in traffic on a one-way street. We have plenty of bike lanes that are a simple 3 ft wide suggestion painted to the right of cars parked at the left curb of one way streets, or vice-versa. Any car in a line of vehicles stopped at a light can swing their door open at any time and fuck you up. I never get between a cab and the curb.

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:20
jamesacklin
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Oh, I see what you're saying, got it. The left-side lane is "orthodox" I guess, but the natural tendency is to ride to the right.

Still! You should always exit on the passenger side ATMO. Uber and Lyft have made this problem worse in Pittsburgh, where there were previously no cabs, and therefore the general populace hasn't learned that rule. Everyone just swings their rear driver-side door out into traffic and jumps out.

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:55

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