Stunning collection of Campagnolo support vehicles.
Paint job inspiration for my van.
Concept for a bike storage system that takes up unused urban spaces.
Very slick parking contraption for bikes.
I Got Hit…Again
I was riding home from work, and it was dark. This sounds dangerous, but with my lights being so bright, the darkness actually made my whole person light up. Anyhow, the van in question slowly passed me, and when it did, I looked over my left shoulder—yes I was in the bike lane, and yes there actually was a bike lane—and saw his tail light. There was no blinker. I was curious as to why he slowed, then I looked as I always do at the wheels. I saw the front-side passenger wheel begin to turn, so I turned right. No doubt, doing this saved my life.
The van then turned a sharp right and nudged me off the bike and into the intersection. This right turn was so sharp, that I had no room in the gutter of the street onto which I turned. This folks, is just shitty driving. Don’t do that.
The man got out of the van to see if I was all right. I was pretty amped up and said some strong things. I started to calm down a bit and then told him that I wanted his insurance information just like if I were a car. He didn’t want to give it to me. I told him that we just passed a law in California requiring cyclist to be given three feet. “You just broke the law. If you don’t give me your insurance information, I will call the cops, grab a witness…” (there were plenty) “…and we will let the PD figure out who is wrong.” I grabbed my phone and miraculously he decided to give me his card. I told him I would have my mechanic check out the bike and if there were any problems I would expect it to be fixed. He agreed.
From this I learned a few things:
• I am a very good cyclist. I should be after commuting for over three years and putting on thousands of miles per year.
• If you hit me, you had better kill me, because I will be up in your face.
• Contrition goes a long way. Be contrite.
• If you are not contrite, see #2
It’s Time to Get Serious about Safety
Something must be done to make life safer for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike.
Driving tests need to be harder so a) people are forced to really study the laws of the road, b) fewer people (those who don’t study) don’t get licenses, and c) people will further understand that driving safety is not a joke.
Also, the penalties for certain driving offenses need to be harsher. Running a red light should be $500, $1000, loss of license for a year, for the first offense, second, and third offenses respectively.
Speeding in a residential area or near a school? Same.
Parking in a bike lane should carry the same penalty as parking on a sidewalk.
Dooring a cyclist should be assault.
Speed limits should be so low in residential areas and around schools, that nobody would driver over walking or biking.
Doing these things would show that human life is indeed more important than speed.
Write your mayors, county supervisors, and legislatures about this. Demand action.