Sunday, August 18, 2013

Safe Passing !

There are very few drivers that THINK before attempting to pass Cyclists !
Even those with bikes on their roofs or obscuring their rear number plate , rarely signal or move out far enough , even to the 1 1/2M required by European law ! Recall being in Bristol , that English City that claims to be the #1 Cycle friendly city , some summers back , only vehicle that hassled and klaxoned me , was a blue station/estate car wearing bikes on the tailgate ! Totally unnecessary since they got about another 100M to the traffic light , where i was able to ask them , why we should not go to the nearest Police Station , where they could discuss their attitude and the fact that you could not see their number plate ?

So many articles are floating around the Internet , that most people are unaware of them , or mean to get back to them later , so i am reprinting this item in full :

  "  You're Going to kill Someone "

 " http://albertmcwilliams.com/post/54015994028/youre-going-to-kill-someone

If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why you’re driving wrong (you are) and then you won’t end up killing a human. So read on; you’re welcome.

 It’s not if it’s when. You are going to kill or seriously injure someone. You are. Someone’s father, brother, mother, daughter - you are going to end their life, forever, like permanently dead. You’ll be a murderer.

You can save those lives. You need to do two things:

Slow down.
Move over.
A few facts you might not be aware of:

When you pass a cyclist without crossing the yellow line you are breaking the law.
When you pass a cyclist while oncoming traffic is present you are breaking the law.
When you pass a cyclist in a no-passing zone you are breaking the law (this should be obvious yes? Because it’s called a “no passing zone.”)
This law wasn’t made up because the state hates you, or cars, or getting places quickly. This law was enacted because squeezing by a cyclist in the same lane is incredibly dangerous – to the cyclist. It’s not dangerous to you, unless you don’t like jail, or fines, or being a murderer.


“But, I have places to go and people to do! You’re in my way! Too slow!”

Okay, great, I appreciate your sacrifice. Let’s look at the math. This is math mind you and not subject to opinion. I’ll be generous and assume you’re on a 45mph speed limit road (most cycling takes place on much slower roads, but I’m in a giving mood, because I care about you). When I ride I’m traveling around 20mph. So you’re going 25mph faster than me, or about 55% faster. Again, being generous, you might be stuck behind a cyclist for 8 seconds. Usually much, much less. I know it seems like a long time, but it’s not. It’s 8 seconds. That’s with heavy oncoming traffic. However, you’re not stopped for that time, you’re traveling at 20mph. This means that slowing down, waiting for traffic to clear and passing the cyclist safely costs you about four seconds… max. Do you want to risk my life (permanently) and you being a murderer (forever) for four seconds? Really?

 “But, you ride too far out in the lane, you’re supposed to ride single file, all the way to the right. You’re an asshole!”

Legally, you’re wrong (in Michigan at least). Let’s leave the law out of this though. Go ahead and see above and know that I’d rather you be annoyed than me be dead. You’d rather that too, because this way you don’t have to go home and tell your kids they can’t have a swimming pool because you paralyzed a cyclist from the waist down. Riding further out in the lane forces you to slow down and wait for traffic to clear to pass me. You’re less likely to hit me on purpose than because you drive like an inconsiderate bag of dicks.

 “But, I pay taxes/registration fees/gas tax.”

This one is really dumb. See, you pay usage fees because your heavy-ass car destroys the road. Guess what, bikes don’t wear out roads like cars do. And guess what else (this is going to blow your mind) nearly everyone you’ve ever passed on a bike also has a car, and registration fees, and gas taxes (crazy huh!). However, I use my car less and cause less than my share of wear on said road than I pay for. You see where I’m going with this? You should take this argument and hope no one ever hears it because it works against you.

 “But, Cyclists disobey laws all the time, they run red lights and stuff, so screw them!”

Yes, I do. I ride my bike safely. The rules say I’m supposed to pretend that I’m a car, but see, that’s dangerous if I’m the only one obeying that rule. I’m pretending I’m a car, and you think I’m a bike, and you run over me and kill me with your car. This is bad for both of us. So, the minute you treat me like a car, I’ll start acting like one. In the meantime the difference between when you break the law and when I do is that you’re endangering my life, and I’m endangering your … wiper blades? Maybe? Probably not even that.

 “But, I live in Ann Arbor and Bike Lanes! Fix our roads first! Uppity Cyclists! I pay for this shit and I hate you! Bikes slow my commute! Get them off the road!”

(for reference, read the comments section here)

Here’s the thing. You’re being shortsighted. Imagine if all those people on bikes that you hate commuted downtown one-per-car. What would that do to your commute? What would that do to your parking availability downtown? What would those additional heavy cars do the pavement condition (remember that my bike doesn’t wear the road at all) ? I’ll give you a hint … you’re a lot better off with the cyclists. They’re doing you a favor. They’re saving you money. They’re paying the same as you for that road, but using it less. You should be thanking them. You should be handing me a cupcake through the window.

 “But you’re wrong!”

Nope. I’m not. Who do you think knows more about cycling, the guy on the bike or the guy in the car?

So to wrap it up:

Slow down.

Move over.

And for fuck’s sake stop texting.

This way, I won’t be dead, and you won’t be a murderer.

You’re Welcome.

Please add OTHER Blog addresses , since this is a way to keep each other ALIVE !

Saturday, August 10, 2013


Worldwide News caused by the loss of 19 Firefighters , working to Save LIVES & PROPERTY in the USA ! ALL the Major News Networks followed this story for DAYS !
Yet NOW that the Families are left Destitute , WHERE ARE THEY ?

Andrew Ashcraft , father of 4 , was a member of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew , supposedly a FULL TIME EMPLOYEE of the " City of Prescott , Az " ! Seems that his Employment Records were lost in the Fires , as was his Supervisors !

Very convenient for the " City Administration " , currently they seem to think , that it is OK to deny his Family's Benefits ! Andrew being a fulltime Employee of the City , would have meant that he had no time to work elsewhere , thus now the City refuses his " Entitlements " , the Family has no income ?


Last year i was appalled to read of the US attitude to their Firefighters , i not only signed the Change.org Petition started by John Lauer of the Tatanka Hot Shot Crew , i also blogged about this SHORTSIGHTED Approach to those who RISK THEIR LIVES to save the Property of OTHERS !

My blog  :  www.parrabuddy.blogspot.com/AnUngratefulNation

This was followed later with another blog post :


Regretably , i did not follow up on the Promises made by President Obama , so many thinks that he has promised lately seem to be subject to the " Whims of Congress "! Even now , i am seeing on the News Networks , more News of Fresh Fires breaking out in the USA , and at the same time other States suffering inundations from Flooding , by Epic Rains .


 Oh , excuse me , 12000 people die each year because of the 2nd amendment , another OBAMA FAILURE !

Seems living in the USA is a laugh a minute , if you are a " Responsible Citizen " ? If the GUN Crazies don't get you , or the Sequestration doesn't cause you & your Family suffering , then the Community will Stand behind you whilst you lose your LIFE in their Service , then deny YOUR FAMILY any prospect of FAIR PLAY ?

Here is the link to sign the PETITION :