Reminder: RideCivil/Black friday—5:30 PM, Westlake Center

Friday looks like it’s going to be as nice as Thanksgiving here in Seattle, brisk but clear, a great day for an evening ride!

The media climate is shaping up as well: check out this recent SeattlePI letter to the editor criticizing Critical Mass. I’m not 100% down with Mr. Dudley, but I definitely am down with having a down-town ride that’s a bit more integrated and a bit less confrontational than CM. Hopefully that’s just what we need here in Sea-town. Mr. Dudley, we’d love to have you and anybody else who’s wanted to come to CM rides but been put off by it’s reputation.

We’ll meet around 5:30 at Westlake Center in downtown. We’ll plan on leaving shortly after 6:00, and wrapping up the ride around 7:30. See you there.



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Having read some (NOT all) of the comments in reply to the article in The SeattlePI, one opinion keeps popping up. Well, if you ignore the “you all deserve to be knocked off” and “All car drivers are jerks” and “we’ll all kill each other, it’s my constitutional right”

“If you impede five or more vehicles you should yield”. So if I’m driving a car and I’m stuck in traffic, should the car in front yield for me or should I yield for the cars behind?

If CM is organised enough to meet and cause mayhem on the last Friday of the month, then why don’t the car commuters of Seattle ride a bike or take the bus on that day?

Try riding a bike in the UK. There are very few bike lanes, so if you ride you share a road with all other traffic. Bikes are allowed on any road, except what we call a motorway, Interstate in the US, where the speed limit is 70mph.

Think yourselves lucky you have a bike lobby, and the city council listens to it.

I’ve ridden in Spain, Beijing, Taipei, and in those cities cars, carts, bikes, everything all just mixes in. It’s chaotic, but it all works. For some reason (I guess congestion, suburbia, and SUVs), here in Seattle it’s either or on the roads. Cars own the road or cyclists have rights to the road.

You make good points and I’ll ride the streets of London next month.

 

Here’s an excerpt from a different PI letter to the editor. It’s a bit theatrical but it makes some points worth considering. Full letter at:

Solo drivers create serious gridlock

“Eyewitnesses in downtown Seattle reported recently that during the evening rush hour, traffic was snarled for blocks when a group of individuals chose to use the streets in a manner that prevented commuters from moving.

<i>Automobile drivers, almost all driving alone, simultaneously drove their vehicles into the streets of downtown Seattle and instantly created gridlock, impeding the progress of buses, cyclists and in some cases, pedestrians. Apparently fully understanding and anticipating the consequences of their actions, the automobile drivers nevertheless chose to act in a manner that made movement through downtown difficult.”

Full letter by Ted Diamond of Seattle at: <a href=“http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/339525_ltrs14.html” rel=“nofollow”><a href=“http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/339525_ltrs14.html” rel=“nofollow”><a href=“http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/339525_ltrs14.html” rel=“nofollow”>http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/339525_ltrs14.html</a></a></a></i>

We were there, too many pedestrians!

Nah, the pedestrians were fine; you shouldn’t let them discourage you.  The three of us that actually stuck it out had fun riding fast and legally, playing tag with the busses.  Maybe more riders next time?

Too many pedestrians and too many busses are problems I will deal with any day. At least there were plenty of people who saw us on the bikes.

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