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Scott, I did not mean to suggest that a cyclist riding to the left of the white line should stay there when a vehicle passes; at that point, of course, the cyclist should move right. So as the car passes, the cyclist moves over to the white line (or even past it, onto whatever shoulder there is, depending on the circumstances at that moment). That still buys the cyclist room, since the passing car had to be 2-3 feet left of the white line to pass in the first place; and it avoids the negative scenarios you describe, since if the driver suddenly decides to swerve back into the lane, the cyclist is exactly where you say he should be--as far right as possible. No cyclist should ever remain stagnant, or complacent; he should be constantly adjusting to stay as safe as possible.
Also, I was not talking about highway riding, which is an altogether different thing. You couldn't pay me to ride on a highway like 70. On a "highway" like 40, you almost always have a very good shoulder. But on our local roads, like Twenty Mile, traffic is minimal, the speed limit is relatively low, and there are plenty of long stretches of clear sight lines.
The fact that you are an experienced rider who covers 180 miles in a day is admirable, but your blanket statement to "hug the white line" is not automatically "safer." There is really no "one rule" for safe cycling, other than "obey all traffic signs." Depending on the road, the traffic conditions, the most common vehicular use, and so on, a cyclist's strategy will have to change and adjust. I find that here in Steamboat, on our county roads, it is far better to claim a little extra space before the cars come screaming by.
Also, to your point about "angering" drivers who must cross the yellow line to pass a cyclist riding to the left of the white line: drivers shouldn't be passing said cyclist if they CAN'T cross that yellow line; they should wait until there is no on-coming traffic, allowing them to given plenty of room, just as they would when passing a car.
Scott, it is actually much safer for cyclists to ride in the middle of the lane than to hug the white line. Doing so protects cyclists against the most common motorist-caused crashes: sideswipes, right hooks, left crosses, and drive-outs. Most overtaking crashes involve a motorist who attempts to squeeze past (illegally) in a lane that is too narrow to share. This is especially true on our county roads, on which shoulders are often exceedingly small or non-existent, or vary from paved to dirt. If a cyclist is hugging the white line, there is nowhere for him to go when a car passes and doesn't give the required three feet (this happens a lot, even when there is no on-coming traffic, in my experience). If he is three feet left of the line, he can move right as the car passes, giving himself all the room he needs regardless of what the motorist does. This does not put him him danger in your scenario: a truck passing him despite on-coming traffic and therefor not giving the needed clearance (never mind that that is a terribly dangerous thing for the driver to do!). It actually makes the cyclist safer in that situation.
In anticipation of your next question--"Yeah, but what happens when a car comes around a corner and meets a cyclist traveling 15 MPH smack in front of him?"--cyclists should hug the line in those blind situations, but only in those blind situations.
“We will struggle (with United Express Service) for another year,” Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Rob Perlman told the county commissioners.
And until that changes, I will not fly out of Hayden. As a business traveler working for a company based in Texas, I fly often. But not out of Hayden. It's not the cost. It's the complete unreliability. You know how often that last-flight-of-the-day gets cancelled? And when it's at 10pm you are screwed--stuck at DIA with no options for getting home until the next day at best. Business travelers, who must make the meetings they are traveling for, and who have quick turn-around trips with little room for error, simply can't take that risk.
So I drive the trip to Denver, which isn't fun, but it gets me where I need to go.
Scott B, thank you for all your hard work, time and energy. I appreciate all the data and info you are sharing and the enormous volunteer effort you and your fellow Board members contribute to our community.
"Studies by the Texas Transportation Institute, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration have shown that the zipper merge (thus named because both lanes are used and drivers take turns merging one car at a time, like the teeth of a zipper) improves traffic flow by as much as 15 percent, according to the Detroit News. MnDOT also found it reduces the total length of a backup by as much as 50 percent, and commonly by 40 percent." --http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2014/05/the-zipper-merge-convincing-motorists-isnt-a-snap.html
See also; http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/
Thanks for the clarification, that makes MUCH more sense.
On a separate note, I certainly hope the school does not decide to cut 10 academic days from the calendar even though the state doesn't mandate them. The SS schools are highly rated and are delivering a great education to our kids--please let's not cut into that learning time as you revise the calendar!
"Draft A, as Meeks explains it, includes an early start date, a June 2 end as well as the five-day Blues Break to appease Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. during the busy season. "
Umm... what? The Pilot should have explained why the school district needs to appease the ski corp. with its school calendar.
I find it amusing that Fred, who opposes every government spending plan around, is perfectly content to support spending millions of "OPM" on a bypass. Could it be because his company would stand to make a lot of money on such a project?
How many mechanics does it take to change a light bulb? Apparently, too many for Denver and United... 10pm flight tonight delayed for mechanical. Also, no flight attendant. THIS is why flying out of HDN is such a bust.
Thanks for the clarifications, Scott. My experience has been so bad, I guess I assumed the worst :-)
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