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Con STRUCTION

I wonder if the Gold & Platinum & DIamond “bike friendly” communities are “friendly” to the point where even when they’re doing construction, they think of bicyclists as important.

Of course, Illinois has an especially bad rep as far as that goes — the poor fellow Boub — who was injured on a construction site that allowed traffic when dangerous enough to injure him — lost his court case because he was deemed “not an intended user” (since it wasn’t a “bike route” or “bike lane”) … which doomed us for *years* of governments being unwilling to do anything for bicycles because “then we would lose a lawsuit!”   THe fact that communities build things like sidewalks and swimming pools and are willing to take the risks because of the benefits to the community took a while to penetrate, but things are better now…

Still, right now my commute is far from friendly just because I”m dodging tractor trailers and backhoes and going over chewed-up grooved surfaces and constricted lanes and I’m fairly certain that people aren’t thinking of/ looking for bicycles.   I’m also glad I didn’t have time to top off the tires — soft ones definitely go over the grooved stuff more nicely, tho’ I can’t go too fast for fear of pinch flats on the bumps and grinds.

Taking a southern route on the morrow, but it’s Summer in this town so there’s construction everywhere…

Fall comes blasting in…

Decided I really hadn’t left early enough to go the long way in with 15-20 mph headwinds.  Alas, I could have… but Did Stuff Around The House instead.  (Would have been fine with no wind, but I did the math – that extra mile per minute per 15 miles, assuming itwouldn’t apply to five of ’em…)

Lotsa bikes out there. There was a mess on University as they’re paving the way from the INterstate into town (where it changes from being an interstate to being University ave).  Seemed nobody was allowed to go straight on Country Fair… but cars *were* coming from the other direction, and that fresh fresh asphalt was just as fresh, eh?  Cars were turning around in midlane and … a sweet guy on a motorcycle blocked for me so I could cut over it and do the sidewalk thing and then cut back onto the road.  Note to self:  go either CHurch or the Real Long Way, not the sorta long way (tho’ I did get my 77 cents from my 100 cans at the Goat, and that was fun ;)).