James Donohue 
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Re: “City kills bike lanes on Research Parkway

Most drivers pass bicycles with seven to ten feet of clearance, whether a line is painted on the asphalt or not. It's up to the individual cyclist to wear a reflective vest, install good LED lights, and get a rear-view mirror. Use of Lights in the daytime is required on motorcycles in 22 states, and with LED's good battery life, a lot of pedal-bikers are using daytime-running-lights. They don't see a motorcycle, they aren't going to see your bicycle either...
And if you have the money, get an action camera for your bike. I got a cheap SJ4000, which comes with both handlebar and helmet mounting hardware... you have to video more than 10,000 cars passing your bike before you get one video worth showing (to the police, other bikers, lawyers, etc), please be patient.

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Posted by James Donohue on 12/24/2016 at 12:25 PM

Re: “UPDATE: ATTN: Cyclists. Tell the city you want these bike lanes.

I'll stand by what I said earlier : "99.95% of drivers are doing a good job of going around the bicycles, with enough clearance, and room for a margin-of-error."
And I'll add that the Bike Lanes prove this. Research Parkway is wide enough for cars and bikes to fit, side-by-side.

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Posted by James Donohue on 10/30/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “UPDATE: ATTN: Cyclists. Tell the city you want these bike lanes.

"Tell the city you want these bike lanes"... Great title for a pro bike lane piece. But what if I say "Tell the city you don't want to get run over from behind"?
99.95% of drivers are doing a good job of going around the bicycles, with enough clearance, and room for a margin-of-error.
What if we could simply report the cars' or pickup's license plate number to the police? What if it turns out that the same 0.03% ~ 0.04% of drivers are "buzzing" or passing too closely *habitually*??? What if the vehicle has tinted windows, and tinted plastic over the plates?
"Buzzing" or passing too closely, kicks up dust and debris from the road, especially when the bicycle is ten feet or more to the right, in the break-down lane.
It may be a typical teenagers prank, to startle a cyclist, or it may be an attempt at wonton murder... If it's a prank, and something goes wrong... let's just say that people take murder very seriously.

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Posted by James Donohue on 10/01/2016 at 10:40 AM

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