Signs of the traffic apocalypse

Car drivers are already seeking alternative routes around town, anticipating what we’re calling the traffic apocalypse. Yesterday, one of my normal routes was so jammed with traffic that I turned around and got right back onto the bike path.

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Calling out Ken Schram

So what’s a bike hugger to do when Ken Schram’s commentary is about cyclists? Call him out and no need to go negative with Ken. Just say, “how bout you ride with me during the traffic apocalypse next week?” Don’t need no spandex, I’ll show you a sharrow, maybe join a bike bus, we’ll get a cup of coffee, and share a cyclist’s perspective on traffic, the cops of Lake Forest Park, SUV drivers, and the shame that is Seattle traffic.

Sharrows Painted

The sharrows on Beach Drive in Seattle were painted northbound, as I discovered on my ride yesterday. I rode 2 abreast with another cyclist along the sharrows and got buzzed by one car, another zoomed past, and one waiting until it was clear in the other lane to pass. Sharrows are wide enough for 2 abreast, but I wouldn’t do that necessarily in heavy traffic.

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Inspect your Equipment

blank This picture is amazing (Thanks yadogg by way of K-Man) - the result of what happens when a small crack decides to propegate quickly. In all seriousness - inspect your bike’s frame and fork every once and a while. It’s part of good overall bike maintenance.

Out of a sea of black Tarmac: Cycle@Staiths

Cycle@Staiths, an urban renewal project, launched a bike share program. In the video, Wayne Hemingway sums it up well with his statement that he’s working to end “car-dominated developments in a sea of black tarmac.” Continuing his quest to get Brits on bikes, Wayne Hemingway’s firm has designed an inexpensive folding bike (not online yet), and a bike shed.

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