#Cycling at Night #bikedc

Who wants to go on long exploratory bike rides at night through the DC Metro area?

Please contact Jesse (@jlibraryist)

Also, e-mail: jesse@meta21st.com

Thank you.

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DC Midnight Marauders #bikedc – #Cycling at Night

marauders_logoA few of you in the DMV might know of a cycling group that still exists in Chicago called the Midnight Marauders.

I rode many long nights with this bunch when I lived there. We rode all over Chicago – west, north and south.

I am aware that Bicycle Space bike shop in the District operates a regular ride called City Explorers.

But what we really need is to take the pleasures of bike riding in the Metro Area and blend them with the pleasures of riding at night time.

Traffic is light (much much lighter) and the city lights can be seen better.

The goal of this post is to start a nighttime cycling group called DC Midnight Marauders and to drum support. We will mix DC exploration by bicycle (year-round) on either a Friday or Saturday night, plan the route in advance, and then ride everywhere. The more people we have, the more places we will be able to ride. And yes, we will start each ride about Midnight.

We will eventually have a Twitter for information related ONLY to DC Midnight Marauders as well as a meetup and this blog will be another destination for DC Midnight Marauders info.

But for now, you can reply here with your show of support or to my personal twitter profile, @jlibraryist.

Who wants to #bikedc in the dark of the night?

Thank you. I look forward to our rides.

Jesse

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E-Bikes are Motorized vehicles…

All the e-bikes I have seen in use are quite rapid. In fact, they are faster than many bicycle peddlers (those who pedal) can move their bikes.

The reason for is is the machine pedal-assist that sends the rider to speeds faster than many casual cyclists, but slower than the speed of a scooter or moped.

Has anyone asked the question about whether these are motorized vehicles?

I am leaning toward “yes” on this question.

The result would be that e-bikes would have NO place on recreational trails. In fact, these electric bicycles go so fast, I think they should go out to the streets with traffic.

Thoughts, rants, considerations?

Thanks for reading.

Jesse

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Stop Other-Side-of-the-Street Comments Drivers!

What is it about people who feel the need to say whatever they want to cyclists?

There is just so much rage against people who ride their bikes daily.

I am not saying cyclists are angels or anything, but NOBODY on this planet, as far as I know, is an angel.

Yet, still, some people, who are not even in the flow of traffic with a cyclist (a cyclist who is probably following traffic rules), feel the need to yell from THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET at a person on a bike.

This is absurd and immature.

And…it neither accomplishes any goals nor encourages dialogue.

In fact, it just adds to the stress of being on the road. Cars cause damage. A bike really will not in an accident. This means that the driver has a great deal of power – which also means they must rise to the occasion and specifically act like extraordinarily responsible traffic users. This is so because even if a cyclist has done something stupid or selfish on the road, it will not be the driver who gets hurt, it will be that cyclist.

Yes, it might be stressful for the driver to have to “worry” about how to get past a cyclist on a busy road, but one must realize that the cyclist has to worry about getting across every foot of that road at all times.

Yelling at that cyclist from the other side of the road adds unnecessary stress to a situation where none need be added.

Please avoid this habit.

If a cyclist is not in your path, and no such negotiation of road space must be worked out in that moment, you really don’t need to worry about them being there.

This way, everyone can be free to be where and how they are on the road.

Thanks for reading.

Jesse.

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Fixed Gear on the Roads

Yes, I ride a fixed gear in the DMV.

But I ride it with a break.

I do not blast through intersections with a feeling of self-entitlement.

But I do believe that I am entitled to ride on every road (except for those few that are set aside as high-speed transportation zones for motorized vehicles.

Don’t speed by me exhibiting your own entitlement because this is reckless, illegal, unethical and scary.

Don’t role down your window and scream at me because I have the right to use the same roads (except where otherwise noted) as you to go to the exact same destinations.

If you, drivers want to be left alone, we cyclists want to be left alone at least as much.

In all situations, the pedestrian is given the highest safety priority, the bicyclist comes next (who is really just as vulnerable as peds) – the car comes last. Sorry, But drivers are just not as vulnerable as pedestrians and cyclists. Fender benders are a hassle and expensive. But any bump to a pedestrian can easily become harmful or fatal to this vulnerable population.

Respect that.

I am sure we can work it out on the roads together in a truly civil fashion.

Thank you for reading.

Jesse L.

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Left-Bike Lanes in Washington, DC.

I must admit I don’t really understand the left bike lanes in DC

They don’t jive with how cycling is done in every other place ridden (the rules change for bikes and for cars which cannot be safe).

Plus, they cross over left-turn lanes into which cars routinely pull into and then sit so far away from the curb that they are in the bike lanes. This is not safe either.

Please, someone tell me all the justifications for the left-justified cycle tracks in DC.

Thank you for reading.

Jesse L.

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Bicycles go with Traffic

Aggressive driver today.

So I realized after he drove around me aggressively, forcing me to slow down and brake in order not to be hit by the rear of his flat bed truck, he had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting another car that was ahead taking a left.

But right after that, he pulled into a parking lot to park his truck.

So I went right up to him and asked, “hey, what are you doing, driving so aggressively around a cyclist?”

His response, he said I was supposed to be on the other side of the road, riding INTO traffic (wha?doubletake).

I couldn’t believe it. He said he knew the laws and that I should look it up.

In other words, not only was he wrong, he thought that since I “was wrong,” he could thus justify his nearly hitting me on purpose.

I made a report to the trucking company today with the caveat that if it happened again, I would call the cops (I thought it would be the politic thing to do). Everyone deserves a chance. I am not going to do any disservice to this chance by naming the trucking company involved. But if it happens again…

The lesson, bicycles go WITH traffic, are to be given 3 feet of minimum passing distance and are to given the same rights of all road users.

Indiana rules here.

Ft Wayne propositions.

And a good article at the News-Sentinel about safety for bicyclists in Ft Wayne.

Be safe.

Thanks for reading.

Jesse L.

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