Not so early ;)

Overslept (relatively speaking) so I beat the 7:40 Big Bus Scramble from the terminal but they were buzzing by me…. closely enough for the 1N that I’ll let them know unless I forget.  Since the bus stopped to let the30+ students out I had time to snap a picture of it.
Okay, that done 😉   I called it 1 N and then check the picture and it’s 1S 😉   They’ve got video so … I hate to be the one to make a day not go so well for somebody but it *does* seem to be a reasonably good and fair system and the driver needs to know.

Now, the 1??  that was on White could have been the same one;  there was a cyclist much closer to it (I almost caught them at Fourth and Wright, which did *not* detect me last night when I wasn’t quite as far left as I try to get; it did detect me Monday, further left in the lane).    I noticed the driver did the full “defend the curb” practice before turning right on First, angling the bus so the cyclist would be less likely to try to squeeze in on its right.   I thought it might be a thing thye knew they didn’t have to do for me … but if it’s the same driver then… might be a driver that just hugs the right… heard sirens a few times and was thankful as always they weren’t for me, hoping they were the stuff of “an abundance of caution.”

And 20.1 miles yesterday 😉

Fun times for unicorns

Yesterday on Country Fair I pulled up behind a car at a red light.   Kid in the back — 5 years old, maybe?   (Not a mom, so could also be 3…)   Looks at me in some confusion and uncertainty.   I smiled… he smiled… it’s a long light… before it changed he’d poked his little sister in the car seat to get her to look too.  (Kiddo black, me white so might also be “never know what white people be like.” Glad the smile worked 😉 )

Good times!   An 18 mile day including Bike/Ped advisory meeting where once again we were informed that the City Can’t Afford Anything.   Unfortunately, we have … current folks in charge who’ve decided to slash and burn staff positions to get back to fiscal balance that took a long time to get to.   Still, we had a good discussion of Vision Zero… and yea, we need to keep being vocal… little statistical gems like there being 12 pedestrian/bicyclist fatalities in a ten year period starting 20 years ago… and *20* in the past ten years.   As in, almost double.   And Cindy Combs didn’t count because she was run over out of town.   Don’t know if Matt Wilhelm was in the borders or not.

Got started 7:10 today, noting to myself I’d have time to pause if there was something pauseworthy.   When I went by the Virginia Theatre at 7:30 there were people on bleacher seats and … radio station van.   I pondered the likelihood of it being an event where there was swag and decided because my legs were enjoying the morning too much that … it wasn’t pauseworthy.   I went in the back way on the perimeter instead for the extra half mile 🙂   (Oh, and I’d topped off the tyres so things were rolling smoothly ;)) Yesterday’s 17th day of the month and I had 341 miles… not sure I’ll be able to get to 600 but tomorrow is “Cycle to Suds” so I might get to 20 then, too… but we’re forecast rain of the weekend.

Moving right along…

I used the car thing of a Saturday morning to go get a toilet.

It was almost a critical mass of people Not In Cars.   Scooters, skateboards, bicycles… only almost, though, so I’m afraid Just Higher Risk.

Switching to the tank b/c its generator works and … the sun goeth down.  Almost equinox so it’s pretty Directly In Face.   Hoping to get 600 miles on the month — thanks to Labor Day’s 71 I’m at 283 right now… and FOUND my BIKE PROJECT KEYS because we had a thunderstorm this morning that ended right before I had to go to work but I put the rain pants on anyway and oh!  THAT pocket.   Whew 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂    I lose things all the time so … I know when to be worried and I was worried b/c I knew it should have been “on the top layer of life.”   It hadn’t been that long since I’d had them… and … going back to TBP was part of my decision to go ahead and challenge myself to add more to my plate and … good grief, was this already too much?   (I was inspired by singing at a funeral for a young man … and … knowing that Eagle’s Wings needs the descant.  No, it needs it.   No, I’m not really a soprano but … it needs it.   I made myself do what was required to do it instead of “being comfortable in my own skin” and accepting that I’m an alto.   Then I wondered what else is equally “needed” that I could be doing.)

So… now on to the next thing 😉


and it’s Thursday

Duly noted:   going Eastbound on Clark/Logan crossing Neil, where northbound and southbound lanes are separated by a small business,  my light goes red Eastbound but the N/S doesn’t go green.   This caused ire in other cyclist …  but  I’m pretty sure it’s green Westbound and sometimes I’ve seen a green left arrow when I’m going westbound.   Methinks they fear blockage in that little space. If there’s no traffic  I’m tempted to roll it (esp. since the folks sitting in front of red lights prob’ly wouldn’t think I was Running A Red Light)… but it was weird watching two westbounders pause uncertainly and then seeing I was stopped, eke through.   (I’m thinking the arrow doesn’t always show?)


… so, don’t know if it’s a Chrome Doesn’t Like WOrdpress thing but I can’t seem to keep writing on the same post … bikeWithLamp

This is today’s lamp and that shade seems like a blank canvas  😉   Granted, I’m using up my drivel-time with this post but I’ll try to search how to decorate lampshades… I’m shre there are some nifty Instructables out there… (yes, the shade is perpendicular to the lamp right now.   That’s how we haul things 🙂 )

Pretty sure both sides of the bridge under the railroad were occupied … as was the car I went by yesterday and noted that the bike and cooler on the back and the pretty extreme quantity of fabricky belongings inside spoke of it being a dwelling.  (Yesterday I was rolling an hour later.)   No, we still don’t have a men’s shelter.   We had one; it was sold and the company that bought it closed it.   It’s gonna get cold 😦 😦 😦

I’m at 100 miles on the month thanks to a wonderful Labor Day excursion to Monticello and Allerton Park.   Had a flat tire but erm, the tire’s old enough so it came off and went back on easily and there was CO2 handy… *perfect* weather for … well, the folks who added a mile when we got back got metric (I had 11 more for assorted other goings and comings).   That said I am not committing to full “after season Pleasure” ride tonight because I said I’d put a Geogebra video up Sept 4 and it’s not there yet…

Oh, and LAB sent out a survey b/c the U. is going for Bike Friendly again.   I gave credit to the people working so so so hard to make things better, with significant successes… but … people, the lip service parts are pretty awful.   The years of construction on what you claim to be a bike route… the failing to clear the wonderful new infrastructure when it snows and ices… the parking on the routes…

And now back to your regularly scheduled program!

Just another commute…

First thing I noticed was the flashing reds at Vine and Illinois, where they’re doing some repaving… I didn’t help the backup with my slow crossing.

A helicopter was leaving the general vicinity of the hospital… heading NorthEast… I pondered why I couldn’t hear anything and whether it was related to the undular bore I’d read had cropped up in the skies.

Traffic counters on Main — I resisted the temptation to roll back over them a few extra times.

Main and Lincoln… heading south of hospital is … “Organ Recovery Vehicle.”

I pondered the life almost certainly lost.

I pondered the difference between men and boys when a youngster spurted past me on a single speed and assumed the “we don’t wait for no stinkin’ red lights” position at Randolph.  There were two cars in the left lane of University and with a couple seconds left on the green one turned left, the boy (granted, full facial hair — I’m talking attitude, not chronology) proceeded forward, and the second car also did because cars do that there.   They *don’t* tend to pass on the right to go straight.   Boy did a circle to avoid and prob’ly saw my head shaking slowly… I wonder if he thought it was a fun thing, or whether it alarmed him a tad.

Yesterday a rider went around me … with more room… on an actual fixie, I believe.   I slowed as we approached Neil and Clark (Eastbound, goin’ home) and he did a marvelous hopping job so he could keep the feet on the pedals and proceeded through when the light was green.   THat’s grownup fun riding.

I pondered how to decorate lampshades because there’s one on the bike to put in the lab and … I want inspiring 🙂   Or at least comfort.   office.   I have lampshadeDelight

FUn times ;)

This year’s Wednesday ride location means I come back through campus and …  wow, lots of folks wiht *no lights,* including a bikeshare bike that had a light … but it wasn’t on.

Church and University still have major construction so they’re only one lane for a quarter mile or so but so far no hostilities as I cruise through (and at least half the time seems they put cruise control on 12 and I get to accelerate away).   Today somebody totally ignored the red light on Prospect but the genteel driver ahead of me just braked and let them cruise through oh, 4 or 5 seconds after we had green.   THey weren’t roaring through (as if trying to make it)… looked more like oblivion. Didn’t even get a horn honk though.   Midwest 😉

… and I’m making lessons on times tables and things like “douibling and halving” so the license plate BK 68341 etched easily in my mind as the driver ignored the stop sign to get onto Church at something near McKinley.   I wish they’d stick a patrol car out there (or oh, some kind of pothole…)