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Well, I just watched a girl straight endo over her handle bars when she rode right into a curb while on her cell phone riding down the side walk. This is just one of the obsvervations I have noticed since the school year has started back up on my daily commute to work. I work for a big ten university btw.

The other is students just ignoring the bike lanes and riding thru huge crowds on sidewalks. I guess it helps keep my lane free though, unless the students start to walk down the bike lanes LOL.

My other favorite was the kid that almost ran into me while chating on his phone riding the wrong way down the bike line.

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I see people on the phone here (regional university in Texas) while biking. I haven't been fortunate enough to see one of them wreck, though.

I was seriously amused by the walmart Mongoose FS with clip-on aero bars I saw locked to a rack one day.
 

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cell phones, ear pieces/ listening to music..... here in socal, along the beach and stuff...... and the latest fad , fixies..... have seen alot of them smoking, texting, browsing, chatting...running stop signs, lights.... one guy last month ran a light at a VERY large/ busy intersection i had to look the other way cause i was afraid to watch him get hit, luckly he didnt... and he ran it REAL late. amazing....
 

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A so-called "Beautiful Godzilla"/"Technozombie' riding a new hybrid on the side walk downtown (she was obviously much older than 12 , so illegal) on a cell phone ploughing through pedestrians like she had Royal privilege. I would have loved to see one of our deep fried food loving, exercise adverse, 300 + pound citizens step out of a store into her path.

Miss Oblivious.

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There's always something I see wrong when I look at people commuting to school around me, I'm pretty sure that everyone does something stupid (including me) whether it's using media devices, not wearing a helmet or running the occasional stop sign.
 

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I'm glad I don't live anywhere near that many people. :lol:
Yeah, you just have to not be run over by road crossing deer herds, or hope that the local puma doesn't get bored of venison and decide a High School Teacher looks worth a nibble. :D

And you have to clear the proximity of the school and its not too safe young drivers (cells, texting, etc). I suppose you just hole up there 'till most of the mayhem is over? :cool:

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Whenever I see someone doing something stupid on a bike I'm generally just glad that they're not driving instead. Particularly with cellphones - anyone who is that entitled/oblivious/irresponsible/douchy will have the same behaviour behind the wheel. So I can only hope that they have a few good closecalls, otbs and injuries before their parents buy them a car.
 

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While riding home on a pretty busy street the other day I saw somebody coming the wrong direction on the sidewalk riding with no helmet and hands off the bars while texting. That guy is exactly why Phoenix is the 4th deadliest cycling city according to some report I read a couple days ago.
 

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Imagine actually seeing it on the news in the morning while you get ready for work. Hahahahaha!

"Large person injured by biker talking on cell phone"
I actually imagined the headline reading something more like this!:

"young girl injured on her bike while fat man walks out of burger king"
 

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The cell phone use is more recent, but inconsiderate cyclists have liely been with us since he penny-farthing. I was hit by a cyclist just south of the University of Illinois Quad in 1983 who came around a corner and tried to cut to my left and he misjudged and clipped my shoulder. Since I weighed about 180 (solid) at 6' and he was 5' 4" and about 130 and he made a glancing blow, Sir Issac Newton's law of inertia was still in action. So he went face first into the hedge bordering the Morrow plots. Ripped shirt and bleeding from numerous twig wounds he refused help, saying he was going to be late for class and kicked out. Lucky his eyes were not shish-kebobbed. We speculated on the class/ A practicum in applied human sexuality, and it was his turn? Porno 101? Traffic Control and Safe Vehicle Use in Urban Environment? High Risk Behavior and Sudden Death? Oh well. Stupidity and IQ are independent variables.

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I know we have a tendancy to get somewhat self-righteous and all 'bikey-correct' (ugh...I dunno what else to call it) on these enthusiast forums but if that critical mass that folks seem to hope will happen with regard the larger population incorporating cycling into their every day life ever occurs..(have to admit that I'm a sceptic!) we will also inherit the swath of personalities also.

Much of the utility/city/commuting/recreation/lifestyle scenes I observe, images and vignettes I see often displays much of this selfish and insular behavior. Many of the bikes that are being promoted as ideal for city living (cargo bikes, dutch-style, city-utility) often have folk in your every day garb (as it rightfully should...'cept those "beautiful godzillas in stilettos"...they scare the hell outta me), starbucks coffee in hand, unprotected head floiwng in the breeze, riding abreast along with cycling companion(s) engaged in joyful conversation. Designer hand bags slung over shoulders and long tailed coats and other loose and fashionable attire fluttering in the breeze. This is what is encouraged to lend encouragement to potentials to join the fold.

This is a tricky country to get these things right with I think. I wont suggest the obvious national example of urban/suburban cycle living but without structure and readily available 'rules' (not necessarily punitive laws if you get me) having folks consider some of the idiocy they engage in and the harm some thoughtlessly impose on others they come across as well as themselves it'll be a long and hard road to hoe to get everyone behaving...hell after all this time getting people to behave and lend courtesy to other auto drivers continues to be a challenge.

The roadway infrastructure will need large resources and dedicated planning to get a system in place that perhaps gives cyclists protected cycle lanes not only extra paint in a roadway to inticate a cycle lane. Lots are still (and often rightfully so) quite afraid of riding on the road with the cars, trucks and buses thus often ride on sidewalks threatening pedestrians and their well being. Some of these utility/dutch bikes with their easy pace and wide handlebars dont seem to me to encourage the timid to get out there with the traffice.

There are enough folk with sway and influence that see little to no value in something as 'silly' as a cycling infrastructure and can seriously hamper the development and maturity of such things. For many, the idea of cyclists sharing the road with them is a huge pusher of the 'anger button'...as if cyclists truly should not be "allowed", not to mention the barrier of what the current economic climate gives us.

I've seen some folk do some of the most mindless and [email protected]$$ed things when on their bicycles and they have the nerve to look either utterly oblivious to the carnage they almost cause or incensed that something dared to give them bother while they were about their daily affairs. I'm amazed quite often.
 

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Ohh you guys should see the way things works in Copenhagen.

That would make the above posted experiences seem almost reasonable :D

Imagine literally 20.000 cyclists, and like maybe 1 in 10 even considering that the rules applies for themselves as well.

Around here it though seems that Darwin will have his way.


Magura :)
 
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