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post #1 of 29 Old 05-25-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Glenn Harbison is publisher of The News Observer. He can be reached at 706-632-2019 or by e-mail at [email protected]

http://www.thenewsobserver.com/artic.../opinion01.prt


This guy wrote an editorial that really has rubbed me the wrong way. He essentially is justifying hitting cyclists. I am an avid cyclist, both of the pedal and motor variety. I have been impacted from the death of friends on all types of two wheeled bikes, and this is not something that I take lightly.

This guy seems too important to take the time and pay attention to the weapon that he drives.

I was hoping that my zx-10r brothers (with time to kill) will unleash a fury of email, calls, craigslist ads, and what not to make his life a little more difficult. I know we have done this in the past, and now I need help. It would be nice if we could find his addy, and list some freebies that are first come, first serve.

Keep me updated on the shenanigans, so I can pass them onto to my other cycling buds.

I know I don't post much these days, but I am still lurking in the shadows.

Thanks for your help.

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post #2 of 29 Old 05-25-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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BTW, the road is not a highway. It's a mountain road that is often used by m/c's and bikes.

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post #3 of 29 Old 05-25-2012, 08:20 PM
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Personally..I think the guy is 100% correct....Highways have a min speed and to get to atleast 25 mph and hold it on a peddle bike you gotta have some legs on ya..So no way a peddle bike should be on the highway cause it becomes a hazzard for himself and the folks drivein 80,000 lb rigs to the 6500 full sized pick ups and down to the smart cars(which also scare the shit outta me)...

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Highways have a min speed
As far as I know they don't, except for certain freeways.

Read what this guy writes:
It also reminded me that, time and again, what were once only big-city problems have filtered into our peaceful mountains.

I wondered, “Could this be one of the city folks who think they deserve part of the highway?”

or this:
I stopped riding a bicycle when I was a teenager and there are enough local challenges looming that big-city battles can be ignored.

No doubt, if I still rode a bicycle, I would want somewhere to ride. But, thanks to my upbringing, my first thought in finding that place would be for somewhere that I had a good chance of a safe ride.

He basically says: "fuck you city assholes" and "my values are superior to those of these self-absorbed cyclists".

He brings up some valid point (safety-wise), but he has crossed the line between objective reporting and own opinions. He's so deeply invested in his point of view that I doubt it's possible to have a meaningful discussion with him.
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Bicyclist have to obey the same road rules as everyone else. On my local tight twisties they blow stop signs, ride two deep on roads with no shoulders and BLIND turns. They fail to obey traffic laws yet want to "share the road" with everybody else.
I am not saying to hit them with a vehicle but I will hit them with the noise from my pipe when they act like the road is theirs only. Can't tell you how many times I have almost been broadsided by a bicyclist while on my bike because they blew a stop sign or redlight
They should ONLY ride on roads that have shoulders or a cycle lane IMO.

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I'm wondering what article he's referring to. It would be fair to see where he's coming from.

Frankly, I can see cyclists here in Austin just asking to be killed. Most streets are fairly safe for cycling, but a few are just death traps (360, Bee Caves Rd to name a couple).
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They should ONLY ride on roads that have shoulders or a cycle lane IMO.
That approach won't solve anything. If that was to happen, the next thing to go may be motorcyclists: "blah, blah, stupid motorcyclists, blah, blah, they should only be allowed to ride on a parking lot, blah, blah".
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Let me just state for the record:

If we (cyclists of any kind) aren't abiding by the laws, then yes they deserve to be ticketed. I can't say that I don't break some laws here and there on all types of bikes, but that is the risk we take. Albeit, most of the time of the pedal powered version, the law breaking is to get my ass out of the way.

So this debate can evolve, I thought some basic info should be on here.

Straight ripped from wiki:

The right to the road
The New York State Legislature took the first step toward resolving the conflict, with the passage in 1887 of "An Act in Relation to the Use of Bicycles and Tricycles." This statute established for the first time that bicycles are "carriages," and that cyclists are "entitled to the same rights and subject to the same restrictions" as drivers of carriages.[5]
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The statutory right to the road
A basic statement of cyclists' rights and responsibilities has been adopted in the vehicle codes of most American states, as well as in the Uniform Vehicle Code. It says that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as operators of automobiles, except where the law specifies otherwise or where it can naturally have no applicability.
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The constitutional right to the road
Some countries have noted the right as part of their constitutions.
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The right to the road by treaty
Cyclists' right to the road has also been enshrined in international law since 1968, with the accession of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. Under that treaty, bicycles have the legal status of vehicles, and cyclists enjoy the legal status of vehicle operators.[6] There are over 150 contracting parties to the treaty, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, almost all of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China. In countries that are contracting parties, the treaty has the force of law, and its provisions have been incorporated into national law.

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How about they just ride on roads that have shoulders or designated lanes. Comapring a motorcycle to a bicycle isn't fair. One keeps up with flow of traffic and is FORCED to abide by same traffic laws as cars and is ticketed if it doesn't.
The other just takes up precious lane space on congested roadways and does not abide by traffic laws and rules. Yet DEMANDS that others go AROUND them, the slow moving ones, which forces the others to break laws/rules and cross center double yellows and sometimes causes head on collisions.

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That approach won't solve anything. If that was to happen, the next thing to go may be motorcyclists: "blah, blah, stupid motorcyclists, blah, blah, they should only be allowed to ride on a parking lot, blah, blah".
No, we are powered vehicles that can maneuver the roadways perfectly fine without being a hazard to others on same roads(unless squids are riding Zuks in shorts doing 80mph wheelies in a 25mph zone of course).

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