Green Street, revisited


Took Green Street with all its new MCORE stuff across town last night.   Sunday night so not too insane.   The bike path stuff is pretty good… and then it ends.   Mostly people were civil and it went well, though one person trying to turn right onto Green was ‘way out over the crosswalk, inching forward, forward… ever so politely waved me along but I had to get out into the traffic lane to do that, so I was compelled to say, “Usually we wait our turns, you little boy!”  … sigh, I’d have preferred it to be “young person!”  (who knows how they identify) as if I were a stern matronly authority… but I have never actually assumed that role so it’s hard.

I was speechless at the traffic light when I took my lane since it’s also right turn lane and lots of people do that… and this SUV driver peels right beside me, and I look over preparing to say “we don’t drive much??”  and got a stern look and extended finger — **exactly** what I have done once or twice (though he had to basically elbow the face of his passenger)– as the light turned green and I heard in my right ear, “The guy’s a d*ck!” as another cyclist came up beside me and rolled on ahead.

It got me 18 miles on the day, though — out to a bike club meeting, and  nice ‘tipping point’ towards “yea, it’s November with dubious weather, but you might just make 5K!”   I have 590 miles to go… with occasional 20 mile days I could do it even with days like last Thursday — 23 mph winds and snow had me on the bus for the trip home and back in Friday  … this Thursday we’ve got AM snow showers and teens at night.   I can do 17 but I gotta find all those layers 😉   … I dn’t do snow, tho’, because it’s slippery and cars are big, and the bus is fun *and* I’ve got STUFF TO DO because the silly times tables quizzes online are kinda working.   … but I also got in two laps at lunch today.

Keep on pedaling…

rollin’ rollin

Today was a “oh, it’s too blustery to ride!” day … from how it looked. Once riding, it was full of endorphins.

Yesterday really was too windy to ride … except it was tailwinds both ways 😉

Day before… I think this might be the first time this has actually happened to me… I’m coasting up to Mattis because … the left-turners haven’t been released on Mattis and that happens before we get the green — they go last, not first…. and there’s an irritated honk behind me. I speed up a tad in case he’s wanting to get on the merge-off-right lane but no, he passes me on the left. Of course, he’s got to stop so I’m coasting byhim as the light turns green… and then I get to pass him again at Country Fair because that light’s red, too. I gave him a wave…

… yesterday was much more typical – I waft into campus swirling everything in the wind, my jack-o-lantern springy antennae bouncing on my helmet and a co-worker crossing the parking lot breaks out laughing and says “I LOVE YOU!” (now… *maybe* she was on the phone but … this isn’t the first time that’s happened…)

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!