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    Sharing the Bicycle Lane

    Yesterday, I was cycling on my way to Valencia Cyclery in San Francisco, when suddenly, I found myself behind a diverse group of six skate boarders. At first, I thought it was just a simple matter of passing them on their left and proceeding to the bike shop. However, we kept running into intersections with stoplights. That meant that I had to first stop, and then pass them all over again, just about six or seven times. Besides the fact that they were weaving from side to side as they surfed in and out the bicycle lane ahead of me, a couple of them acted like they were deliberately trying to prevent me from passing. Overall, they were a big PITA. I don't know about anyone else, but I personally think that officially designated bicycle lanes should be reserved exclusively for bicycles. So what do you think?
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    That situation does sound like a PITA but for most part I think there's room for everyone

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    Kind of like having separate slopes for snow boarders.
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    "However, we kept running into intersections with stoplights. That meant that I had to first stop, and then pass them all over again, just about six or seven times."

    Why? Trouble clipping in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    "However, we kept running into intersections with stoplights. That meant that I had to first stop, and then pass them all over again, just about six or seven times."

    Why? Trouble clipping in?
    Why what? ...Just when you think you're home free, you find that you've got to pass some illegal skateboarder who's trying to pull your chain yet again, by NOT allowing to pass without extreme maneuvering!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    by NOT allowing to pass without extreme maneuvering!
    Macaskill level?
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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker View Post
    Macaskill level?
    I've got eight kids, I know how to maneuver!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    I've got eight kids, I know how to maneuver!
    Danny ain't got nothin' on me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    I've got eight kids, I know how to maneuver!
    except for one maneuver obviously
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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker View Post
    except for one maneuver obviously
    But I was successful at the maneuvering, I just found it to be a royal PITA!
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    Now you know how the car drivers feel when they encounter a pack of cyclists. I find it hard to believe you couldn't put enough distance between yourself and a group of skateboarders so that you wouldn't have this problem after the first time you passed, them, but what do I know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPov View Post
    Now you know how the car drivers feel when they encounter a pack of cyclists. I find it hard to believe you couldn't put enough distance between yourself and a group of skateboarders so that you wouldn't have this problem after the first time you passed, them, but what do I know?
    Maybe they were on these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    Why what? ...Just when you think you're home free, you find that you've got to pass some illegal skateboarder who's trying to pull your chain yet again, by NOT allowing to pass without extreme maneuvering!
    How do know they were illegal? Was there something about the way they was dressed? Were you profiling? Did you pull them over and ask for their I.D.?

    Next time swing out wide, accelerate past them (you know, ride faster), pull in and make it hard for them to get back in front of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPov View Post
    Now you know how the car drivers feel when they encounter a pack of cyclists. I find it hard to believe you couldn't put enough distance between yourself and a group of skateboarders so that you wouldn't have this problem after the first time you passed, them, but what do I know?
    I'm certain that by now, you've heard of stoplights...
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    Nope! They didn't have any of those...That would've made it much nicer for us all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by exracer View Post
    How do know they were illegal? Was there something about the way they was dressed? Were you profiling? Did you pull them over and ask for their I.D.?
    Nope! It's just illegal within San Francisco, to skateboard in the street.
    Next time swing out wide, accelerate past them (you know, ride faster), pull in and make it hard for them to get back in front of you.
    Yeah, that all works great until you get to the stoplights!
    Last edited by Zeet; 06-23-2013 at 05:33 PM.
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    In Tucson, AZ you are technically not allowed to ride skate boards in the bike lane---the bike lane is only for bikes....

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    In another thread Zeet alluded to him being 80 years old. Maybe thats why he couldn't drop a skateboarder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    ...I personally think that officially designated bicycle lanes should be reserved exclusively for bicycles. So what do you think?
    here, bike lanes are exclusively for the use of cyclists....and runners, walkers, and parked cars.

    a lot of motorists seem to like to use a portion of them too...

    the day I can't drop a bunch of dopey kids on skateboards is the day I hang up the bike.
    eff all y'all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    the day I can't drop a bunch of dopey kids on skateboards is the day I hang up the bike.
    Downhill in San Francisco might change your mind (until they hit the cable car or trolley tracks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    Nope! It's just illegal within San Francisco, to skateboard in the street.
    Shocking considering the liberal utopia that it is. I thought just about everything was legal or at least tolerated. Was it SF or Bizerkeley that wanted to supply shopping carts to the homeless? Last time I was in Frisco I was working for Sverdrup in 97. T.Y. Lin (I believe) was the engineer on the Bay Bridge Extension. They had a cable stay design that had been approved. The politicians didn't like it because the Bay and Golden Gate are suspension bridges. So, did they ever build that Bay Bridge extension? or Did the politicians draw it out for years, quadrupling the cost before settling on the cable stay design? All I know is that the engineer who was head of the bridge group was soooooooo happy Sverdrup didn't get the job.

    They also wanted to cancel Fourth of July fireworks displays because they might harm mice and birds in the surrounding area. Surprised they didn't make illegal to own cats and dogs. They also may harm birds and mice in the area.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    Yeah, that all works until you get to the stoplight!
    That's why I would have crowded the stop bar or the white line of the crosswalk. Make it very hard for them to get in front of me unless they want to imitate a speed bump in the intersection. Ifthey wanted to do that, let them.

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    That wouldn't have bothered me -- I don't use bike lanes unless it's to my advantage to do so. That would definitely have been one of those times when it wasn't.

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