What wonderful weather, to start off November.
Spend a couple of hours with GS Astuto yesterday evening, trying to iron out a couple of creases in the wonderful-but-much-abused TimTanium Road Warrior.
This morning I divined that the horrendous squeaking noise is coming from my saddle. Another one bites the dust. They all go this way eventually. Don't think that's what's causing my shifting problems, though.
Nevertheless, another blisteringly-fast ride into work. This cool-but-not-cold air is really perfect for me.
You can have the same interaction as a pedestrian with Taxi drivers. Try to pass a pedestrian crossing making eye-contact with an approaching taxi driver. They usually not expect to stop, it's damn dangerous.Probably one of the weirdest interactions I've had with a motorist while on my bike.
Poor Ludwig. I'm sorry that your back is FUBAR, and I certainly don't mean to mock or taunt you with my faux laments. Wishing you a complete and speedy recovery.Lucky sod! It's been zero for me, at least from 2 October, and no hope of adding a single km any time soon, certainly not this year.
This is not specific to taxis. The law requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings seems to only exist on paper in Japan. It is not being enforced. I certainly have never seen a police car or officers posted near a pedestrian crossing to catch offenders.Try to pass a pedestrian crossing making eye-contact with an approaching taxi driver. They usually not expect to stop, it's damn dangerous.
...although I frequently see police cars blast straight through when people are waiting. The other day I gave a policeman a stern talking-to. He had just ridden his bicycle across a pedestrian crossing while pedestrians were crossing, and had to weave in and out of them to get through. This was right outside the police station. Some of the pedestrians were kindergarteners. And he wasn't rushing to an emergency. It was clearly the end of his shift and he was just ambling back to base. Pathetic. Drew quite a crowd of other policemen from the station.The law requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings seems to only exist on paper in Japan. It is not being enforced. I certainly have never seen a police car or officers posted near a pedestrian crossing to catch offenders.
... or hit by a train, which can be quite traumatic. Cars regularly get hit by trains!cars have to stop once at railway crossings when the barriers are up and everybody appears to follow that rule, perhaps because otherwise they might get a ticket.
It's not really about being hit by a train with no warning.I have never figured out the purpose of that rule
Great story which supports my earlier point on another thread that most of the time drivers know damn well what they are doing when they are cutting us out. The only thing we can do is to expect the worst and be prepared.I told him that it was a bit close when he pulled out, to which he replied very matter-of-fact, "You have brakes, you should have stopped." Unbelievable.
I think I'm like most cyclists that if I have to slow down when someone pulls out in front of me, I get a little annoyed at losing my momentum. That being said, if there's a reasonable gap, I understand that other people are going to pull out and I'm not going to ram into the back of them just to prove a point.I'm not sure about the specific conditions of that incident, but as a driver (if I could talk to them), I'd be expecting the same, i.e., use your brakes.
But as a cyclist, I'd like to preserve speed/energy rather than having to slow down, and then speed up, for that kind of driver.