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Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning
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This isn't directly bike-related, but I have no better place to vent.I was walking to the Metra just before 6am this morning. Driver distraction has gotten so bad, that even when I walk, if it's dark…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skip Montanaro 14.5mi yesterday.

Bikes on the River Walk
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This just popped up on my Google bike alert:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anne Alt on Tuesday.

Bikes and Terrorists
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Eben Weiss (a.k.a, Bike Snob NYC) on bikes and terrorists:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Gordon Nov 6.

Android 8.0 and Ventra app?
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I have a Google Pixel and Google is trying to get me to update to Andrew 8.0 (Oreo). I'm happy to, but... I use the Ventra app on a daily basis on Metra (monthly pass). Before I upgrade, I really…Continue

Tags: 8.0, Android, Ventra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skip Montanaro 14.5mi Sep 8.

 

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Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning
"I received an email response to my website submission: Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to report your experience with a Pace bus. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience or stress you may have experienced as a result of…"
yesterday
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning
"I appreciate that, but the A pillar wasn't the problem. If I'd have realized what was happening in time, I could have slapped the driver's window. As it was, it took me a fraction of a second to regain my wits enough to slap his rear…"
Thursday
Mark replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning
"Cars have larger blind spots due to the increased size of "A" pillars which improve safety in crashes.  The blind spot is larger on the left side.  Always use extra caution when crossing in front a car from its left side."
Thursday
Anne Alt replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning
"+1"
Thursday
Jim Reho replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning
"Thank goodness you're all right.  I know it's frustrating when you do everything possible to be safe and still nearly get mowed down anyway.  I would keep on it with PACE.  That van driver shouldn't just get away with…"
Thursday
mike w. replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning
"Seems to me since they have the date & time, the intersection, the street, and the direction of travel, they could surely discover the bus & its driver. Especially for a limited-mobility service bus. i think that PACE vehicles have GPS…"
Wednesday
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning
"Thanks for the pointer, Alex. As it turns out, I just got off the phone with PACE customer relations. She was "unable to file an incident report" because I couldn't identify the bus. I'll file a report through the above link…"
Wednesday
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi posted a discussion

Nearly clobbered by PACE van this morning

This isn't directly bike-related, but I have no better place to vent.I was walking to the Metra just before 6am this morning. Driver distraction has gotten so bad, that even when I walk, if it's dark out, I attach one of my little white flashing lights to my coat, and always have a red PDW taillight on my book bag. This morning, I got to the intersection of Asbury and Lake in Evanston (a four-way stop), and despite the fact that the nearest car (a white minivan)  was probably a half a block…See More
Wednesday
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi replied to David Barish's discussion Stop light arrhythmia
"I've noticed this at a few intersections as well. I realize the counters are there primarily for pedestrians, but they are valuable to both cyclists and drivers as well. I think the city (and other municipalities where these are popping up)…"
Wednesday
Anne Alt replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Bikes on the River Walk
"+1"
Tuesday
Jeremy replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Bikes on the River Walk
"I would also like to remind the letter writer to wear a reflective vest so she will be more visible."
Dec 11
Jeremy replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Bikes on the River Walk
"Regarding your last paragraph, this happened to me on Wells a couple of weeks ago.  I took the lane north of North Avenue because delivery trucks were blocking the bike lane.  He was tailgating and honking, and even tried passing me on the…"
Dec 11
Gage B. replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Bikes on the River Walk
"Or you know, maybe these damned pedestrians can pull their damn headphones out of their ears and look up their phones and pay attention to their surroundings and quit blaming other people for their lack of situational awareness. That's what it…"
Dec 11
Mike Zumwalt replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Bikes on the River Walk
"Death!? You really have to be cranking to hit someone on a bike and break ribs or kill them like 20-25+ mph which isn't possible on the river path even empty of peds. I don't ride it outside of the small stretch way East (Columbus Ave)…"
Dec 10
PeteMoonman replied to Skip Montanaro 14.5mi's discussion Bikes on the River Walk
"Yes, Its not safe to ride through there. Too many folks meandering about with no direction to go. Id hoped it would be a good route to escape trafiic on the way to the Lake. Pedestrian jam worse than Wacker."
Dec 10
Skip Montanaro 14.5mi posted a discussion

Bikes on the River Walk

This just popped up on my Google bike alert:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-chicago-river-walk-bikes-20171208-story.htmlI have to say, I agree with the author. I recall following a friend who was showing me his route north out of the Loop (always looking for new routes). Not a place for bikes, in my opinion.See More
Dec 10

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The kind of riding I do:
Exercise, Commuting, Around Town, Distance
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I ride a bike in the Chicago area

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At 10:06am on December 6, 2013, Alex said…

"maxy, super maxy, mighty competition, super mighty competition, grand mighty (75?)..any others?" that's from a bikeforums thread. it seems like there are tons of variants on 'mighty' 'grand' etc. their model names are so grandiose. 

At 11:14pm on December 5, 2013, Alex said…

is that a mighty tour crankarm/spider?

 
 
 

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