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6/25/08 7:55 P

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personally, I would never honk at a cyclist. I would just ... you know ... not hit them

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6/24/08 4:10 P

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All I have to ride on where I live are side streets and backroads. I've had 1 person honk, to make sure I knew they were there. I had one last night just buzz on past, I had NO IDEA he was even there, good thing I ALWAYS ride as far to the right as possible (one of the roads I ride has some damage and I have to move over to the left to go around it) I always check over my shoulder a few times as I'm approaching it to make sure no on is behind me. I think I will invest in a mirror though, I wear glasses so part of what I'm looking at is distorted because I'm not an owl. I think it will help a lot. I do use an MP3 player but I only use the right ear bud and keep it low. When I'm on a heavier traffic road I take it out completely, I don't need the distraction with more vehicles.


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6/24/08 10:30 A

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Totally agree with SHANAN about the horn honks. People who honk at me are normally of the "get your sorry a$$ off MY ROAD!!" variety rather than the polite motorists.

Generally, folk here are quite good about passing with lots of space, but sadly, there are the exceptions.

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6/23/08 11:51 A

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I usually ride as far to the right as possible. It never failes to scare me, when someone honks at me. I am more likely to swerve, if someone honks.

Having said that, I see alot of cyclist riding side by side, and even when we shout car back, they don't ride single file.
Now, that gives us cyclists a bad reputation.

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6/23/08 11:20 A

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I guess since my hearing is poor that I would prefer a light tap of the horn. I really do not want to have to go the route of wearing or attaching a mirror to the bike.

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6/22/08 12:12 P

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yeah the closer they are when they honk, the scarier it is. especially when it is a huge suv... no matter how lightly they try to "tap" it the horn will still sound like a fog horn. some horns are just louder and ruder-sounding than others. I like my little 95 honda civic horn ... it sounds more like "meep meep" instead of BRUAAGAHGHGHG ...

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Generally I'm not a fan of the horn honks. I appreciate the intent that was mentioned, but in my opinion, if I'm sharing the road w/ cars it's my own responsibility to pay attention. More often than not the honks I hear are from pervs or the 'get off the road' crowd. And the close honkers just scare the crap out of me.

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6/17/08 6:31 P

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I appreciate it if it is a very light tap on the horn and they are still a little way off so it isn't too loud.

I think it is really rude if it is longer than a light tap or if the horn is honked right next to me. That sounds like "get off the road?!?" even if that's not what they meant

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6/17/08 1:22 P

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" I do not know if this is the right thing to do or not but lately I have found myself honking the horn lightly to let the cyclist(s) ahead of me that I'm passing them."

I'd actually like to get riders' input on this. I've read that this is the proper thing to do, but I seem to get mixed reactions from cyclists when I tap the horn. Reactions ranging from a polite wave to a certain finger extended gesture.

Personally, when riding, I appreciate the notice.

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6/17/08 9:13 A

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I do not know if this is the right thing to do or not but lately I have found myself honking the horn lightly to let the cyclist(s) ahead of me that I'm passing them.

I know when I'm riding alone in the country, I like it when motorist do the same to me. This way I can move over more if I'm able to and if I'm zoned out it brings back to the reality of where I'm at and what I'm doing.

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A mirror is a great idea. Even if you're an attentive listener, those quiet hybrids can easily sneak up behind you.

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6/11/08 12:47 A

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You're right, it's easy to get complacent. At Monday's Ride, we reviewed the Texas Law and common sense rules for riders. At tonight's MS150 committee meeting, we discussed safety topics and concerns. We have 5 Ride Marshalls riding among the riders; I'm one of them.

With our wind, we aren't able to hear some vehicles. The wind isn't easy to turn off. LOL I have seen very few rearview mirrors on bikes or helmets.

We have a few bike lanes on residential streets around our schools; nothing like Albuquerque. We need to push the city for more bike lanes and education on the bike lanes. Drivers drive in the bike lanes.

Local Cyclists, Texas Bicycle Coalition and Law Enforcement have been discussing aggressive motorists on our cycling club's website. It's been a lively discussion.

Thanks for the suggestions. When we have $10 gallon gasoline, more drivers will become cyclists and will understand Share the Road.

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6/10/08 11:17 P

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Thanks for the reminder! It's easy to become complacent when riding. I have a side mirror on my bike and I am constantly watching behind me for cars. I try not to ride on roads that do not have bike lanes or wide shoulders - it's just not a good idea where I live because people just drive way too fast and don't pay close attention.

My first ride out, I was nearly ran over by an elderly lady pulling out of a shopping plaza. She looked right, but not left. I was very luck that no one was coming behind me because I had to swerve across 2 lanes to avoid being hit.

The other day I saw a couple of riders on their commute with headphones on. What are these people thinking?? On the bike trails where there are absolutely no auto allowed I will wear my headphones but never in heavy traffic. Why would anyone take that chance?

Thanks again for the reminder. Bicycle safety is so imporatant.

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6/10/08 1:00 P

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As far as any ideas .... see if the community will establish bike lanes or even popular bike routes. This way the community will be aware of cyclist in the area and perhaps get them used to seeing cyclist as well.

This way if you are riding on a non marked road route the car drivers may be a little more alert and conscientious of your whereabouts.

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6/9/08 2:47 P

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Cindy - I'm so sorry to hear about your cycling friend. Unfortunately, when these things happen, people seem to want to blame the cyclist. I will say that since I got involved in cycling I have had many of my non-cycling family and friends tell me that they have a new attitude when they see a cyclist on the road because they realize it could be me! I think this has made them more careful when driving near a cyclist or group of cyclist.

One thing that may change perspectives is the price of gas. As prices continue to go up, so will the number of cyclists on the road. Hopefully this will also help to improve the attitudes of our 4-wheeled friends.

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On Memorial Day, one of our very experienced girls was killed by an elderly driver. The 2 girls were riding on a 2 lane access road on the far right side. An elderly driver hit the girl from behind; driver didn't see the riders. The riders were riding towards the west and the sun was behind them. There were no skid marks, nothing.

The elderly driver's license has been taken away. She is very remorseful for killing someone.

Some of the town's people have asked the cyclists not to ride in their area. They consider themselves to be a retirement community.

We need to start driver education in our area. I'm not sure how to change attitudes. Any ideas?

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6/9/08 11:11 A

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Don't give up riding on the roads. Just pick the right ones at the right time. The 'road kill' always reminds me to be careful.

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Bike safety is a topic we can't raise enough. There was a cyclist killed in our area last month during the annual TOSRV ride.

90% of my riding is done on bike trails as well, but this weekend I'm riding in the Tour de Feed (a ride to benefit the local food bank) and it will be my first long ride primarily on roads. Considering that I'll quickly be dropped by all but the slowest riders and won't have the benefit of riding in a group, I'm going to need to be especially careful.

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Danah, I did see those accident videos and read about Paige's progress. I also have my man reminding me every day. Got a helmet to match my new bike yesterday and am happy to stay on the 150 miles of local off-road trails in my area. I wear an iPod (at reasonable volume) and ride on the right side of the trails. I do not find it dangerous on trails to listen to music or audiobooks. Common sense and good judgement are part of safety too.

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6/9/08 7:48 A

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I think about this every time I get on my bike...safety first! I have a friend who rides with her ipod and I keep telling her that it is a dangerous practice because you can't hear cars!

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I think about it every time I am on my bike. Thanks for posting your message.

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It does put a nerve in ya when you hear about these tradegies.....especially when you try to be as careful as you to be seen clearly.

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Not to be a downer, but bike safety has been heavy on my mind this week. I'm sure most everyone saw the horrific photos of the drunk driver driving head-on into a group of cyclist in Mexico (killing one and injuring several others). Then today, I wake up to the news that two local cyclist training for the MS 150 were killed this morning by a drunk driver. Finally, one of our own Sparkers, Paige Connard suffered a serious head injury two weeks ago while riding at a velodome and is still in the hospital.

My intent is not to be a fear monger or to discourage anyone from cycling, but rather, I just wanted to re-emphasize what we all know -- cycling can be a dangerous sport. So please be careful out there....

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