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Terribly frustrated, will I join the reflective set?

16 Nov

    It was dark and wet today.  It’s getting into that dark and rainy time of year and after an incident today I think I may be due for a rain jacket upgrade.  It was at the corner of NW 9th and Johnson, I creeped up to the stop sign turning left onto 9th from Johnson.  There where no cars at the intersection and although I did not put my foot down I was going slow.  As I proceeded left a black ford explored started t o turn left into the Post Office truck lot.  She was a good 10ft at least from the actual intersection.  She hit her gas to turn then slammed on her breaks when I entered the intersection.  Because she stopped I proceeded at which time she gave me two thumbs up for what she must have thought was my bad maneuver.  The problem with her side is that she had not come to the intersection and I could not see her because and SUV was in the way.  Secondly she wasn’t at the intersection so I wouldn’t have expected someone to turn 10ft or more back.  I don’t know what to do under this situation, I thought about talking to her but when I realized I could I was already too far gone.

The biggest thing I am wandering about is if a different colored jacket would have helped (I was using my lights even though it was 12:30).  If you’ve been reading for some time you may be well aware of my jacket tirade earlier this fall.  I opted for the better build jacket that was an unfortunate olive green.  I do like olive green but not if it’s causing me undue stress.

So today I find myself in a similar place.  So until they make awesome cycling jackets in my size I must choose which is more important dryness or visibility.  Not that that would solve all my troubles.

Good things and Better things

6 Nov

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome they closed the right turn at Greeley on Interstate! It’s nice to see our law maker being so active. Thank you Sam Adams.

The one thing that I have been thinking about the most lately is about motorist attitudes towards cyclists. There have been a lot of advertising campaigns geared towards cyclist which is great but what about informing motorists. I just watched a video with a current NYC campaign and thought something similar might be nice especially with some kind of enforcement from the police.

One of many options of course but it would be nice to see something like this.

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Mapping our troubles

29 Oct

I am sitting here at my desk with the neighborhood cat snoring next to me. I’m catching up on headlines that I’ve missed while out of town. I would have to say I am please with most of the Oregonians coverage of bike safety in Portland. They have some interesting videos, a call to logic in commenting and a map or bike collisions in portland from 2003-2006. I’ve found this map interesting and I would suggest checking it out. If you click on the icons it will tell you the details of what happened, if you zoom into the map you will see more icons too.