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7/13/11 8:40 A

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wow...OK i would think that with everyone knowing about a race like the TDF...people would be EXTRA cautious....or curteous...sheesh..

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7/12/11 10:41 A

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Always awesome to be cheered on!

When in a car or walking I'll often give the thumbs up to cyclists. And as a motorist I try to be as courteous to cyclists as conditions allow.

Amazing how even on the Tour de France they'll have car / bike collisions! :

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7/12/11 8:31 A

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I agree Don.. I know alot of people who won't .. they'll stick to sidewalks because they're afraid of getting hit... Well you can be hit by a car in another car....

this past weekend when Nicole and i were biking down Vestal ave near Willowpoint nursing home.. I found alot of motorists were nice in pulling out and sheltering us from other traffic as we passed through intersections... then there was the one guy who was apparently upset i was even ont he road and yelled at me: GET OFF THE ROAD.. as he clippedme on a right had turn... One of the best parts of the ride though.. was we passed a group of kids doing a car wash.. and one of the teenage boys yelled out as we were comingup the hill: GOOD WORK...KEEP IT UP! that was an awesome feeling!

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7/12/11 8:10 A

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Yep, was beautiful scenery to soak up 'round Glimmerglass / Canadarago territory!

The striping at intersections for bikes makes no sense sometimes. Best to treat your bicycle as if it were a car and just get out there and hold your own. Standing off to the side is an invitation for cars to crowd you out.

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7/12/11 5:19 A

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Seriously...We have bicycle lanes in Owego, but some of them make absolutely no sense in the big intersection in the middle of town especially since the cars pays absolutely no attention to them at all. You just sort of have to fen for your self.

Hey, Don, Glimmerglass is very cool! Nice! Bet you enjoyed that! The scenery out there is tops! You know, I am for sure moving back there now since my parents are both aging and ill and all the nieces and nephews are growing like weeds!

I will probably be out at Glimmerglass more often soon! It is a beautiful spot to swim, picnic and relax for the day as well with family and friends....esp. if you have a frisbee!

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7/11/11 8:58 A

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i'm more agressive when i'm out in traffic.. In fact whenever someone tells me to ride on the sidewalk.. I yell back YOU RIDE ON THE SIDEWALK! :)

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7/11/11 6:56 A

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Speaking of Otsego County, just did some mighty fine cycling 'round Glimmerglass & Canadarago lakes this weekend.

Good point you make about being aggressive! Sometimes it is best to stake one's turf right in the middle of the lane...especially stopped at an intersection. Cars seem to respect your space and are more aware that a cyclist needs to safely get through this intersection also!

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7/11/11 6:00 A

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I used to do marathon biking in the Otsego and Delaware County area when I was younger and the drivers were much nicer to cyclists then. Recently when I was biking before I could not anymore, the best thing for me was to take alternate routes or be aggressive myself. I did not have a problem with traffic in Owego. But, I can not imagine what it would actually be like in Binghamton. I have never rode in a large city except for Albany and that was only once. However, I did like doing the neighborhood thing around here and taking pictures for the seasons...I love photography!

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5/11/11 2:02 P

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Nicer to cyclists...? Ouch...WAY tall order there...but we can hope!

Going to do the Ride of Silence next Weds with the bike club in memory of cyclists who've been injured / killed by motorists.

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5/11/11 12:55 P

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you' know.. if they are.. hopefully they're smart enough to remember they should be tapering and not doing to long of a run.. or they could just injure themselves... I personally am really loving all the bike riding lately :) Now if the auto drivers would be NICER to the bike drivers....

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5/10/11 10:24 P

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It was great to see so many folks out enjoying Otsiningo today...LOTS of runners...might there be a connection to the approach of the Bridge Run...? :-)

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5/8/11 6:14 P

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definately interested in carpooling as well :) Course i also want to drive around and take pics too :)


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5/7/11 9:50 P

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You might want to share that on the Bridge Run message thread and see who else might be interested in car pooling...?

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5/7/11 9:39 P

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I was thinking of carpooling up.

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5/7/11 9:15 P

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Crazy ol' me is thinking I may just ride my bike to town...lol.

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I'm not sure how long I'll be able to stay, we're having family up for the weekend. I may also park in the ramp or carpool. Unfortunately, a lot is still up in the air for me. I really am hoping to meet up with some of you though.

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Where is everyone going to park...? If it's in the NYSEG Stadium parking lot...how about a healthy SparkGate (instead of TailGate) gathering after our runs...?

Don

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5/7/11 9:15 A

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it's coming soon... 1 more week! :)

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5/6/11 4:12 P

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Ha! I feel like I've been slacking. Been doing so much running I haven't had time for much else. I'm actually looking forward to a week on non-training.

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5/4/11 8:33 A

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Run...there's a RUN?!?!?! AH no one told me there was a RUN!!! emoticon I fully intend to skip...then hop hop hop...lurch to my left.. thenlurch to my right... turn myself about.. and skip on out! emoticon

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5/3/11 8:37 P

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Here's a spot to just stop by and offer whatever thought or observation you might happen to have. Cheer on the Team, mention a great price on some healthy groceries, share a rave (or not-so-rave) review of some new food you've tried or local restaurant or an awesome park or nature spot you've never been to before or maybe a FAVORITE outdoor spot.

Just jump on in!

I'll give a SHOUT OUT to all the SUPER SPARKIN' going down so far this month...some folks have been racking upwards of a 100 fitness minutes a DAY over the past few days! Woo HOO!

You'd think there was a big RUN less than a couple weeks away or something...! :-)

Don

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