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Bike Commute Diaries: Let Me Pull Over and Check

19 Sep

So you’re driving down the freeway or a busy city street and your phone makes that irresistible sound: whoop! It’s a text message, probably from the friend you’re driving to meet. Or you’re lost and you need to read the map and there’s nowhere to pull over. So irritating! But rarely a problem for me when I’m riding my bike.

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

13 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Let Me Pull Over and Check

  1. Jeff

    September 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

    So your riding down a country road and the irritating noise is not from your phone. Pull it out anyway and use the camera to record the event. Two riders in Colorado did and got a crazy driver busted for harassing them.

    http://www.adventure-journal.com/2012/09/horn-crazy-driver-busted-for-harassing-cyclists/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_meium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+adventure-journal+%28adventure+journal%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

     
    • ladyfleur

      September 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I saw that video. Isn’t it crazy! Sadly, there are way too many drivers who don’t think we should be on the road and would like to bully us off it.

       
    • jillycube

      September 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      ugh street harassment :( wish i had done this when this happened to me and my group. funny thing is i now know where the truck lives now and i see it forever parked at the home i pass every time i enter and leave downtown san jose. i guess they got scared. i’m not sure.

      on another incident, me and my same group got lecture that we didn’t belong on the road by a different old truck driver. even though we told him we were allowed to take the lane, due to lack of a designated bike lane, he said to us we’ll get our “just deserts” for taking the lane…. wat??? D:

       
      • ladyfleur

        September 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

        That’s funny that you ride by the truck whenever you go downtown. It would be tempting to like leave little “love notes” on the truck. I don’t get harassed much, but I know there are a lot of drivers who don’t understand that taking the lane or using a left turn pocket lane are normal, safe, legal bike behavior.

         
    • fiedlerin

      September 25, 2012 at 6:26 am

      Goodness, I got a headache just watching this video. Note to self: “Always carry a decent camera of some sort”

       
      • ladyfleur

        September 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

        That man was nuts. I heard they found him and are prosecuting him.

         
  2. Richard Masoner (@cyclelicious)

    September 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Wait — if you’re holding your phone, how did you take that picture?!

     
    • ladyfleur

      September 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      I’m very talented. I took the photo myself with the iPhone that I dropped and broke on the Twin Peaks ride. It’s still good for some things.

       
  3. fiedlerin

    September 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I admit it, I caught myself texting and riding the other day, I just thought “what in the world am I doing???” and got off the bike. Ha, I have moments!

     
    • ladyfleur

      September 25, 2012 at 8:37 am

      We saw a lot of people in Amsterdam riding while on the phone, but rarely texting. That’s another level of difficulty/danger.

       
      • fiedlerin

        September 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

        Oh yea, it wasn’t my smartest moment… still better than the girl I saw the other day… headphones on and reading a book while riding in the city.

         
    • jillycube

      September 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      I’ve seen someone do that too on busy Stevens Creek! D: headphones and actually reading a thick paperback book. i don’t recall her wearing a helmet either. in my mind i was thinking, “Why would you do that?!”

       
      • ladyfleur

        September 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        I saw a young guy reading a book no-handed riding down Park Blvd near California Ave in Palo Alto. I was impressed by both his skill and stupidity.

         

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