Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Bigsmallall people want 'representatives of the cycling community,' recognizing the 'distinct needs' of recreational vs. commuting cyclists. We'll see. The current state of roads & bike routes might as well have "lip service" painted along those little yellow dashes, but maybe this can evolve into more than token "listen to the people" followed by approval of "bike paths" in the middle of the road...
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Many students out and about (THursday before week off, and at 6:00-ish the weren't all potted yet) - so yes, I finally got some of the advertised-type comments about the lights as they went whizzing by assorted clumps of undergraduates (though there was *still* something midwestern about "That is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life." Different from the "Tight light!" which was what the Planet Bike 10-watter got...what's with the complete sentences? Can't believe it's the University influence)
However, I saw just as many people today as other mornings when the temps were warmer. Like me, they were moving a little faster :-)
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
LIstened to the forecast and drove today. (didn't get rained on last night, btw) Had second thoughts when the forecasters waxed ominous. Might have been better to brave the elements in the mornign on the bike but to have the car in the garage if the wind got too strong. However, C-U is following the typical pattern and the nasty stuff is just to the east. TOmorrow it'll be time for the layers, though :)
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
Discovered I missed the "bigsmallall" meeting closest to me in Urbana, but I'm going to at least try to make an appearance at one of the other ones. http://www.newsgazette.com/localnews/story.cfm?Number=19289 appeared in the News-Gazoo last Sunday. Typical of the news-gazette, it doesn't include what I wanted to see :) There was a list of considerations for improving overall traffic flow, and tacked to the end as the afterthought of life was "oh, update the bicycle routes." Something tells me it's not a priority...
Friday, November 04, 2005
I pull up to the traffic light on Country Fair and coast a few feet further than I should, to the right of a car who's going to turn right. So I assume my "definitely waiting for you to go first" pose (feet off pedals), and then realize that now at least two cars with their signals going are in that lane. (Usually-always this light's green and almost never do I get *two* cars before the green.) Argh. Here I am in a non-lane, right of the right turners with intention to go straight. Yea, that's me, the model commuter.
So the light changes and the voice through the open window says, "Do you want to go ahead?"
End of problem.
( I was riding The Big Schwinn with the big baskets.)
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Saw many bikes yesterday, streaking stealthily through the shadows. I *still* don't know why more pedestrians seem to get clocked than these invisible guys in the dark of the night.