Thursday, July 30

Steve in the Land of Bike Lanes



Today I'm at Ocean Shores. Sort of a "Seattle on vacation" place. They got bike lanes. Striped clean up to each intersection. Lucky there were also some nice 4-lane roads for me & the cruiser - MOST of the way into town. Jacobsen was wrong - I have rarely felt so vulnerable riding down the middle of the traffic lane as I did with that unsafe, debris littered, marked bike lane off to the right. No harassment. Not even a horn toot, but I found a non-lane route back to the real roads.

8 comments:

PM Summer said...

Any locals brave enough to ride in the ehat wave?

Steve A said...

I saw lots of people out on bikes. It isn't hot at the beach. I gave my youngest some bike driving time with the "follow me and ride where & how I ride" approach. She did good except for head checks which is a weak point in her driving, too.

PM Summer said...

I'm not sure what an "ehat wave" is, but I bet I knew when I typed it. ;-)

Rantwick said...

Hey Steve,

Glad to hear somebody else is using the simple ride where I ride approach. How old is your youngest? I hope she's sixteen or older, seeing as she drives.

Steve A said...

She's 15 & has a valid learner's permit. She's caught on to the notion that bike driving is good practice for car driving, though the turn signals work a little differently.

Rantwick was the inspiration for the "where I ride" session. It works, though it didn't work nearly as good when I tried to convince my mom that, everything being bigger in Texas, that we had 12 foot bike lanes pretty much everywhere...

http://rantwick.blogspot.com/2009/05/little-monkey-see-little-monkey-do.html

Steve A said...

An "ehat wave" is when it's so hot out you have to wear a hat even when you're sitting at the computer!

Chandra said...

It must have been big heat wave for the Seattle people!

Back in 2003-2005, when I used to visit Seattle, the locals in Seattle thought I was a nut to walk around in shorts in the middle of "winter". I was freezing my tail off in Missouri and it felt like a tropical vacation to go to Seattle :)

I never rode a bike there but I took the bus to go to most places (like I normally do when I travel to a new city).

Steve A said...

103F in Seattle on Wednesday. Maybe 75-80 at the Ocean Shores beach.

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