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Squiriferous
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09:01 PM on 12/09/2012
Continued

The second group of adult bicyclists is bona fide modern-day peasantry. They ride bicycles because their license has been revoked, mostly. As befitting ex-cons, their bicycles are cheap and likely stolen. 35 year old jailhouse-looking white chocolate homeboys wearing FUBU tracksuits sitting on comically tiny BMX bikes waiting at the bus stop. 65 year old wino bums with a sack of empty tall boys in one hand on their way to the metal foundry. Not exactly the classiest group, however *they nearly always obey the rules of the road.* Because they know that if someone runs them over that they probably won't be stopping to fill out an accident report and drive them to the hospital. Because they don't want to be arrested for stealing that $45 Huffy even in the unlikely event that they do not already have active arrest warrants out on them. Because they are drunk and/or high on drugs. These adult bicyclists are all over the economically blighted parts of pretty much every city in the Midwest. These adult bicyclists - who might be scuzzy criminals in nearly every other way - are not the problem.
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Paul Replogle
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09:42 PM on 12/09/2012
A lot of STRANGE assumptions here!
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Squiriferous
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09:50 PM on 12/09/2012
"Strange"? "Assumptions"? Maybe you need to get out more, Paul.
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Squiriferous
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09:01 PM on 12/09/2012
Since this comment section has quickly and predictably devolved into a "bicyclists versus car drivers" war, I feel that some things need clearing up: just who are bicyclists, anyway? All of us rode bikes as kids, of course, but I see two major types of adult bicyclists around where I live and they break down exactly along socioeconomic lines, although you might be surprised at who the better group of riders is.

The first group of adult bicyclists are yuppie and hipster bicyclists. They are mostly college educated and affluent, or at least live in affluent areas. They ride bicycles that in some cases cost as much as a car would. They neither understand nor follow the rules of the road. They think that riding their bike down the middle of a busy street is their prerogative and that cars should give them the right of way at all times because they are being "ecologically progressive" and "green." Traffic rules are for suckers is their way of thinking. They are simply better than us peasants in cars. They predominate in yuppie meccas like New York, Portland, Austin, and San Francisco. These adult bicyclists are the problem.
09:11 PM on 12/09/2012
A dead young grad student is related to this how?
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Squiriferous
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09:15 PM on 12/09/2012
I dunno. How do you suppose, Einstein?
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09:24 PM on 12/09/2012
"They neither understand nor follow the rules of the road. They think that riding their bike down the middle of a busy street is their prerogative..."

Actually, legally, bicyclists are entitled to a full lane (at least in Portland, OR). Taking a full lane is much safer than riding on the edge where cars try to pass you with an inch to spare. Also, there are many road hazard on the edge of the road that people in cars might not be aware of--wet slippery leaves, grates, etc.
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Eris23Skidoo
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11:06 PM on 12/09/2012
Not to mention broken bottles and all sorts of debris from baby strollers to car parts and chunks of rubber large enough to make a bike wreck if the rider didn't see it until they were running over it.
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08:46 PM on 12/09/2012
R.I.P, child. Sincere condolences to you parents and ay God give them strength to bear the loss.
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08:44 PM on 12/09/2012
I rode bike in Phoenix for over 3 years in Phoenix in the '80s. Some motorists would drive out onto Southern Boulevard in Mesa like they were "happy" but they wouldn't see US on the bicycles very well. Cars and trucks and SUVs are gladiator vehicles, they are houses on wheels. People assume they are separate and untouchable in their private vehicles, and they aren't. Carelessness and not looking is very common. It's too easy to get a driver's license. Maybe we can't see that far into the future, but Gladiator Civilization doesn't have much of a future, just ask the Romans. Assume when you get on a bike, you are the future (NOW) and it is a great day when many overconfident uncourteous drivers miss you that day. Some day, we will have a civilization based on walking and bicycling, and our colossal greed to consume many things transported by truck will be a thing of the past. Christopher's life is a triumph. Sadly, let's go forward and ask legislators and city council people: "Why can't you build a safer city for us?" A bigger future is here for all of us when we GET that we can design better cities and roads. Politicians that don't want to do that for all of us are eating Purina Dinosaur Chow from their troughs. Live on, Christopher!
08:36 PM on 12/09/2012
What a tragedy. This young man seemed to have everything going his way. Condolences to the family and friends. I don't even like to cross streets with a light in Boston....no one pays attention and very few care.
08:29 PM on 12/09/2012
everyone should write their own obit. one it forces you to think about how you want to be remembered, two, it sets goals and three, it ensures the obit is correct. consider writing your own order of service, favorite poem, song, scripture. and no this is not morbid, it takes the burden off those grieving your passing.
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wilddogg
Expose lies whenever they are told
08:10 PM on 12/09/2012
seemed so promising..... r.i.p.
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Rowsdower
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07:58 PM on 12/09/2012
It's technically illegal for bicyclists to ride on sidewalks where I live, and you know what? I do it all the time, and I've never been pulled over. I think it's because the police would rather have a cyclist technically breaking the law than complicating motor traffic.

My rule is, ride where there is the least chance of colliding with something. On low-traffic spacious residential streets, the road is just fine. On busier suburban roads, the sidewalks are likely to be almost untraveled, because people are driving to get places, so consider the sidewalk your personal low-speed thoroughfare. Then all you have to worry about is cars pulling in and out, but that becomes more of an occasional issue than a constant one like it would be if riding among cars.

And if there are no sidewalks, or the sidewalks are too busy, see if you can find a different route. There are a couple stores two miles away from me that I take four miles to get to, because I'm choosing a route that doesn't force me to compete with traffic. Such are the choices a responsible cyclist should make, even an out-of-shape amateur like me.

Also: reflectors, lights, a mirror, and a helmet. If you don't think your helmet makes you look cool, attach styrofoam Viking horns or a styrofoam Pickelhaube spike, and people will know you're awesome.
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10:09 PM on 12/09/2012
Nobody riding a bike looks cool and most of us stop doing it at 12 or about the time when we discover girls. Viking horns or no
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Rowsdower
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02:48 AM on 12/10/2012
By the time you've bought a car, and have a steady job, and hold a mortgage, you realize that 12-year-olds aren't worth paying attention to. If you want to ride a bike and put Viking horns on it, by jigger you just do it.
09:08 AM on 12/10/2012
you look really cool in your little man-blouse though, no really!! p.s. didnt you know steroids make your genitals shrivel?
07:56 PM on 12/09/2012
My mother wrote her own obituary. She had her post mortem wishes so well organized that she was already cremated by the time that I called the funeral home. When I see what most people have to deal with when their loved ones die, I'm quite grateful that she was so realistic about the inevitable.
08:30 PM on 12/09/2012
everyone should be. kudos to your mom, condolences to you. hold your fondest memories close.
08:33 PM on 12/09/2012
I wrote one for me too. There is a booklet also called "Final Wishes" that lets a person do this planning. My Dad knew he was dying, the pastor came through town and he and my Dad sat down and planned. It was a great relief to Mom and the kids that so much was already taken care in that time. Do it for your survivors. Even down to the music.
apoyo
Micro-bio? Sounds serious.
07:47 PM on 12/09/2012
These sad stories tug at my heart.

My condolences to his family. What a tragedy.
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07:42 PM on 12/09/2012
Boston drivers are SUCH bad drivers. I haven't been on my bike since I moved here. If they're not checking their mail, they're busy being Massholes. If you think I'm generalizing...I am...and over here in Boston you can generalize on this one. I feel safer on my SCOOTER than I do on a bike. Please bikers...stay away from Comm ave, Mass Ave and Huntington. Too dangerous!!!!
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rockettmann
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10:11 PM on 12/09/2012
I'm on the fence with your opinion. There are several reasons for this. Those darned pilgrims couldn't see into the future. The roads are 300 years old - paved cow paths! The streets are too small for go-carts let alone bikes competing with cars. It's a little city with a whole lot of colleges and 16-26 year olds from all over the world driving around lost - And nearly as many bike couriers and students riding bikes. A GPS is useless when you've got stuff like "The Big Dig" and ancient water pipes randomly bursting. That's why we have a decent T system and Amtrak... Sadly, it seems that bicycle fatalities are inevitable in this old city. Helmets are useless if the rest of your body is...well, it's just really sad. So walk, take the T (not the orange line!), the bus, carpool, etc. and be safe!
BTW- True Bostonians know how to drive. I've never caused an accident, never gotten a ticket. I can spot a parking space two blocks away and parallel park perfectly in two moves in spaces that most people would have trouble getting a Vespa into :-)
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08:25 AM on 12/10/2012
Yes. The roads here are treacherous! Well, good to hear from a Bostonian what the situation is. I moved here from SF and am used to the laid-back drivers over there...so for me it feels pretty aggressive around here! The only thing I would add to your comment is: Don't take the Green Line! ;)
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M Cubed
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07:37 PM on 12/09/2012
I only hope that the driverless car gets here ASAP. They are far more attentive and are far safer than your average driver on the road. They will be able to share the road with bicycles because they have almost instantaneous reactions. Imagine a city in which we have almost no cars on the streets--when the cars drive themselves, they can park themselves out of sight after dropping us all off in front of the places we want to go.
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07:31 PM on 12/09/2012
To truly understand the gravity of this tragedy, please look at the short video from Sarah Ganzhorn, the link for which is above.

God bless!
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CR46
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07:24 PM on 12/09/2012
My condolences to his family and friends.
But it is not unusual to write your own obit at all. Mine is updated yearly and with my will.
My hubby or kids will only have to scatter my ashes.