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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by zzzz on August 27, 2014, 07:29:50 am »
I have to agree w/ the 2 previous posters, I don't believe interstate highway access is the answer. There are too many people hit every year on the shoulder of the road when they've stopped their cars for repairs for me to think that this is a safe place to be.

I would like to see two changes to improve rider safety in this country:

1) I think people should have to undergo a driving test every time they renew their driver's license. And it should be difficult to pass. This can be done in a driving simulator (which can be very sophisticated these days) and it should include a number of scenario's involving pedestrians and cyclists. I'm sure all of us see behavior from cars on a regular basis that is shocking in it's ignorance considering the driver is piloting equipment that is so easily lethal.

2) There should be real consequences to hitting someone with your car. If the driver is at fault in a serious accident their license should be pulled for a long time and except for their work time they should be under house arrest for a long time as well. They've KILLED or SERIOUSLY MAIMED someone. There should be dramatic consequenses for that, not dismissed as "no criminality intended". Right now, if your not drunk, and it's not a hit and run, and in some jurisdictions if you're not texting, you get a free pass for killing cyclists and pedestrians.

Now, the guy who hit this poor women was reported as drunk and it was a hit and run so everything he did was already illegal as well as immoral. And you go thru life and see bad stuff happen to good people who deserved a better fate. It's cold comfort but hopefully justice will be served and 1 more a--hole will be off the road. And the rest of us left will carry on just a little more sober in the knowledge that what time you have here is precious.

General Discussion / Re: Yorktown Accommodation
« Last post by becky4545 on August 27, 2014, 04:40:56 am »
I have the same problem when I visited Krakow, I was looking some big taxi but nobody didn't take me. The rental car was to expansive for me, finally I found transfer services (Krakowdirect), I was looking in website company with a lot of big car, I think you can look in your local website or maybe some guide tour (with bus) take you from airport.
Good luck 
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by jamawani on August 26, 2014, 06:10:27 pm »
I have more than 100,000 miles of riding over the last 30 years
and I must disagree with you.

I am saddened by Joanna Abernethy's death.
She represented what is best about all of us.

But the answer is not riding on interstates.
Staehpj1 is right - many states permit interstate riding.
But it surely is not a pleasant experience -
The traffic, the fumes, the noise - all for a wide shoulder littered with stuff?

A cyclist was recently killed on a 4-lane highway in Colorado with wide shoulders.
The driver was intoxicated and drifted off the highway.

You are never going to have perfect roads and perfect drivers.
It would be nice if cycling routes had low traffic and good shoulders,
but highway departments put shoulders on busy roads, not empty ones.

I have been hit twice and have been lucky.
Both times were on city streets at fairly low speeds.
I prefer low traffic and scenic roads for the quality of the riding -
but I also feel they are safer.

Many times they are winding, low-speed, and not very direct.
People in a hurry will usually not be driving on these roads.
I also advise people to avoid cycling during peak times of holiday weekends -
when the likelihood of drunk drivers is greater.

Generally, I avoid night riding when on tour -
because even with a headlamp and rear flasher - I am less visible.
Drivers don't expect to encounter a cyclist on a rural highway in the middle of the night.

I don't have any pat answers for you -
Joanna's death is a tragic loss - yet one more cyclist.
And far too many cyclists have died.

With slim budgets and expanding costs,
I don't see highway departments building more cycling facilities.
Two things are helpful that don't cost much - -
First, the posting of "Share the Road" signs
which let people know that cyclists use the roads, too.
Second, a "3-Foot Passing Law" -
which, if enforced, means drivers give cyclists room on the road.

It's not much, but it's a start.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by rogermcd on August 26, 2014, 05:44:17 pm »
I find merging easy providing you have two mirrors.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 26, 2014, 05:12:03 pm »
Many US states allow riding in the interstate.  None in the east but quite a few in the west.

Most folks have a strong preference for avoiding the interstates.  I kind of like riding on the interstate sometimes, but am not convinced that it is much if any safer due to having to cross merge areas at the intersections.
General Discussion / Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by rogermcd on August 26, 2014, 03:12:19 pm »
I have just heard of the tragic death of Joanna Abernathy, a fellow Australian.

She was just west of Indianapolis when she was hit and killed by a drunk driver, in the early hours of the 10th August 2014.

I have  cycled across the US twice now using AdventureCycling's routes and once across Canada ( just completed ) and once across Australia.

On my trip across the US in 2012, I used the interstate highway across North Dakota, the only state which allows cyclist on the interstates, as I understand things.

From this single experience compared to the thousands of miles on back roads, I know for  sure  that cycling on the interstate highways in the US is much safer

I would like to see AdventureCycling take this on as a campaign to get this stupid prohibition lifted right across the US.  If I were a US citizen I would certainly start such a campaign

Had Joanna been on an interstate I am sure she  would probably be alive today, not withstanding drunk drivers and the foolishness of riding at 3am in the morning

I would love to hear the views of other experienced cyclists on this topic.

More on  her tragic death here
General Discussion / bike rental, amsterdam
« Last post by joe swayze on August 26, 2014, 02:42:50 pm »
traveling to amsterdam next month to be in the city 8 days.  want to rent bikes for me and my wife.  would prefer that bikes not scream "tourist!!!!!" with advertising logo, etc.  suggestions much appreciated.  thanx, joe
General Discussion / Re: suggestions for ball of feet pain from lock in pedals
« Last post by zzzz on August 26, 2014, 10:10:14 am »
From the outside or inside?
General Discussion / Re: suggestions for ball of feet pain from lock in pedals
« Last post by becky4545 on August 26, 2014, 09:34:27 am »
You can lubricated with alcohol. it helped me
Food Talk / Re: Best Foods for Training
« Last post by becky4545 on August 26, 2014, 09:31:59 am »
When I travel by train I ate "kociolki Rosyjskie". It's some kind of dinner in a jar in Poland ;) D
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