Whats with all the nuts out today?

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dmtroyer
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Did anyone else have a miserable commute? What is it, less daylight, Football season or what? Buses, cars, peds, you name it… none of them wanted me to get downtown safely. Finally got to mouth off to a ped that jay walked in my path but makes me feel crappier in the end.


Ohiojeff
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dmtroyer I took the bus to work today, but I’ve had days like that. I always find it’s best to think to myself “Hey, it’s a beautiful morning and I’m riding my bike to work. Nothing could be better than this.” And then smile and keep on pedaling.


reddan
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Nice commute, actually. Bit chilly coming down the hill to the Shore, but no problems with any other road users.


rsprake
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Mine was easy going too, there was some chaos around getting to the Liberty bike lane but it was pretty good.


erok
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my commute is ridiculously easy, and often only get passed by one car the whole time. i’d say it’s pleasant 99% of the time


cbobc
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There seems to be no rhyme or reason to why someone has a crappy commute. I’ve tried to figure out some causation any time it happens to me, but to no avail. Also, not everybody has the same troubles on the same day so, maybe its random.

I have noticed though anytime someone has a “almost got murdered” post its followed by some thing like:

“Oh I had a wonderful ride today. At a stoplight the editor of Cycling Commuter Monthly offered me a monthly advice column, he said my skills were unparalleled. Wonder what I’ll do with all that extra scratch.”

Dmtroyer, my ride was alright once I got past the southside construction. Before that had some hairy moments. So I feel ya.


Ohiojeff
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I have noticed though anytime someone has a “almost got murdered” post its followed by some thing like:

“Oh I had a wonderful ride today. At a stoplight the editor of Cycling Commuter Monthly offered me a monthly advice column, he said my skills were unparalleled. Wonder what I’ll do with all that extra scratch.”

That’s not what I said though. I just said that no matter what happens to piss me off, I try to remember that

me + riding a bike = good thing

It’s an attempt to apply the old power of positive thinking and not worry so much about the crappier aspects of a particular ride.


Mick
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me + riding a bike = good thing

We get a certain level of negativity from car drivers. But then, when I’ve driven a car, there was a similar level of negativity from other drivers.

It’s one of the reasons I don’t like driving.

It’s true that opn a bike, that negativity is liable to lead to real danger in situations where a car driver faces a fender bender, but the negativity is there.

On a bike, I tend to have positive interactions with pedestrians, bike riders, occasional feral cats adn once with a hoot owl.

So I think me being on a bike is a pretty cool thing.

I also think that Jeff on bike is a good thing, too.

Mick


Ohiojeff
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bike + rider = good thing

(Unless, perhaps, the rider has been mentioned in that other thread)


dmtroyer
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I must say my commute home was a much better experience. I took the shared bike path to the Smithfield bridge to the Southside Trail, Hot Metal to Oakland and Ellsworth, Negley to home.

Is it just me or is crossing over the Smithfield St Bridge to the Southside trail to Hot Metal a much better experience than the jail trail? Not having 376 all up on you is very satisfying.


spakbros
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Almost mauled by three deer on the way home last night in schenley park. Does anyone else ever see the fox that lives right around the soccer field off the trail? I have seen him/her at least twenty times this year. Plus, wtf happened to all the turkeys that used to hog up the trail all the time?


JZ
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I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is riding the jail trail home during rush hour, particularly on a nice summer day. I just love passing all the cars backed up on 376.


netviln
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Although the exhaust fumes can be pretty rough, I agree that I get a certain sense of satisfaction riding past all the stopped cars.

I also tend to have more problems with people blocking the whole trail or sidewalk going across the smithfield bridge and on the southside trail than I do on the jail trail.


Kordite
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I’ve seen the fox in Junction Hollow once or twice and also haven’t seen the turkeys for quite a while.


dmtroyer
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saw turkeys off the east busway near polish hill a couple weeks ago. I think they were lost.


ieverhart
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I’ve compared the Jail Trail to the Pennsylvania Turnpike–not always pretty but it gets you there. At least on trips I make often, the South Side Trail is more out of my way, but a much nicer ride in terms of scenery. Many days I also enjoy the view while crossing over the Hot Metal Bridge.

Though if traffic is at a crawl on the highway it’s nice to be able to ride past, fumes or no.


Ohiojeff
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I like the experience passing in the traffic on the jail trail as well. I would agree with ntviln that the southside trail–at least between 4th street and the Riverfront park before the South Side Works is more likeley to be fully blocked–or have someone coming the other direction you can’t see until the last minute. But it _is_ much more pastoral (if you can call a former rail line through an old steel mill site pastoral).

@spakbros: Wow, I haven’t seen the fox, I’ll keep my eye peeled, What time do you see it?

The deer in the park are my old friends. The best encounter was riding up the sidewalk on Joncaire street after dark and I glanced to my right only to find a deer looking at me from maybe 20 inches away. I almost could have reached out to touch it. Fortunately it did not choose that moment to bolt….


eMcK
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I’ve been attacked by those turkeys.

Saw the fox once, still find it hard to believe it is living in the city.


Willie
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Well once again I was yelled at to get out of the road today. It was just about 10 mins ago coming down boggs ave to my house. I had my arm out to make a left hand turn and this fuck head decided to squeeze past my right side and almost hit the cars parked there. Not to mention that he was up me and my girlfriends ass the whole way down boggs ave. So as he went by me I called him a asshole. I didnt even yell it I just said it in a normal voice, but he passed me so closely that he heard me then he started screaming for me to get out of the road then sped of like a tough guy. Oh BTW as far as I know the speed limit on boggs is 25. I was going about 22-23 the whole time this douch was behind me. So whats the big rush? Was I really causing this guy to be late for something?


netviln
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It doesnt matter how fast you go. You are on a bike and they are in a car and they are supposed to go faster than you. I routinely do 30-35 down neville to boundary rd. The speed limit is 25 and I still get passed. I do 25+ on ellsworth quite often and cars still feel they must pass me.

My favorite is still just downtown in general. It doesnt matter if you are 5ft off the bumper of the car in front of you and in the very middle of the lane.. Someone is going to try to pass you.

The only time that it really upsets me anymore is when the driver is doing something that risks my safety, like ride my ass. Otherwise, Im just happy to be on my bike.


erok
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willie- the south hills. i really think i get treated differently in other parts of town


Willie
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yea i dont mind so much that they pass me. Lately when someone passes me and revs their engine I laugh and tell them to drive faster. Its when they pass me unsafely and put me or others around me in danger that really ticks me off. I understand that they yell at me to get off the road because they are uneducated in the rules of the road or are just plain ignorant.


JZ
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I wonder how much of the variance that we see is time-of-day related. I often bike through downtown during the evening rush hour, and I’m hard-pressed to think of the last time I had problems with an impatient driver there. Traffic is slow enough that even when I take the lane (which I usually do), I have no trouble keeping pace, and no one seems upset.

On the other hand, I experience the reverse in Shadyside, Bloomfield, and the Strip. It doesn’t matter if I’m keeping up with traffic; the mere fact that I’m on (gasp!) a bike, and I’m (gasp) also on the road! Mein gott! Must! Run! Down! Cyclist!

I particularly hate the people who get upset through the school zone on Ellsworth between S Negley and S Aiken. The street is narrow enough there that it’s impossible to do anything other than take the lane. When the lights are flashing, I keep at 15mph, just like I would on a car. People behind me in cars scream and honk.

Then again, I sometimes get that screaming and honking in that school zone when I drive a car at 15mph.

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