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    My idea was actually just like "On this day, everyone be super careful to follow the law to the letter" not a big central protest. Cause as someone who rides by the law 99.9% of the time, people definitely get ragey BECAUSE you stop. Then everyone's heads would explode as they went to the comments section to complain about how all the bicyclists were ruining everything by doing what they're "supposed to". I notice in the article that it describes several motorists crossing the double yellow and driving dangerously to avoid the line, but it doesn't mention that they were stopped or ticketed. Lol, "Civil Obedience".i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2015 edited
     
    but imagine if hundreds of cyclists did that in downtown Boston, each riding single file in the regular lane, obeying every rule "properly", with signs like "ask the city for a bike lane here. We are obeying every law to protest non-existent infrastructure". The Herald crowd would completely lose their minds."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2015 edited
     
    We did this several years ago with Courteous Mass. Over a hundred people showed up and it was the slowest ride ever. It was late at night and we weren't riding single file, and we had police escorts. So we didn't really piss anybody off, not noticeably anyway.

    If anything, this experiment kind of became Boston Bike Party, so there's that. I'm still kind of philosophically opposed to intersection corking, though.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
    • CommentAuthorObo
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2015
     
    Fuck the Herald crowd. There need to be shipped off to one of the outlying islands to live with one another and not bother another sane human soul.I ONLY WEAR CAMPY CONDOMS WITH WHITE WRAPS - joeyfresh
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2015 edited
     
    Man rides bicycle on interstate during Boston rush hour

    I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2015
     
    ben:Man rides bicycle on interstate during Boston rush hour


    Fixed your link, ben.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2015
     
    Thanks, didn't think to check it. I a hrev'd. Fixed now.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2015
     
    I want to get a hrev'd. Somebody a hrev me.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    i guess if you ride on the highway cars stay away from you?DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2015
     
    The Men's USA Pro Challenge has a most aggressive rider jersey. Standard. Women's race has a most courageous rider jersey instead. Why?
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2015
     
    I'm gonna go with "humans are fucking stupid and identical behavior gets labeled very differently because of deeply ingrained misogyny in sports."

    Let me guess, they also have podium girls?"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2015
     
    Not specifically described in this year's volunteer handbook but pictures from past years say yes. Those cheeks aren't gonna smooch themselves!
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2015
     
    When I first read that I thought it said, "most courteous rider jersey" :O But yeah I remember my sister getting a most aggressive award for lacrosse, so I don't know why it would have to be different for cycling. I wonder why it's different than the TDF's "most combative" anyway...
    • CommentAuthorThreePete
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2015
     
    TINSHIFA Coming down beacon st. from Wash Sq. (Inbound) and turning left onto St. Paul.

    6/7 mornings I have to deal with the awkward lane switching involved in trying to turn on St. Paul st. headed towards BU bridge. I get honked at and have frustrated drivers speed around me and etc.

    Could anyone suggest a better route with less morons in steel boxes?
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      CommentAuthorkossmonaut
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2015
     
    the left before saint marys
    • CommentAuthorThreePete
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2015
     
    Little further down the road than I'd like to go, but I'll have to try it out tomorrow. Also, fuck rain.
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    Copenhagen at Carlton St (I see this is the same street kossmonaut is talking about) - I thiiiink a regular left is illegal there.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorThreePete
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2015
     
    tiny, i take back anything i said about you not taking beacon...but it's been an absolute SHOW at st. paul st. and before coolidge corner the past few days riding fixed.

    someday I'll get run over/hit/hooked/hootennannied by some privileged WASP (redundant?) in a lexus suv with a BC sticker on the back. Fuck BC kids, grade A losers. (sorry if anyone went to BC)

    P.S. some BC alum/student in a lexus suv with sunglasses on at 7:30 PM yesterday was giving me grief on beacon. fresh wound.
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    Is no fun. We used to have a guy here who went to BC but he HATED it and now he's a hippy in Oregon I think. Please enjoy this article about how nobody likes BC.

    I think you are actually dealing with BC parents and alums in douchemobiles though - judging by how desperate those kids are to sprint to the campus shuttle that goes about half a mile, they don't have cars.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorsmoothness
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2015
     
    tinyhonkshus:I think you are actually dealing with BC parents and alums in douchemobiles though - judging by how desperate those kids are to sprint to the campus shuttle that goes about half a mile, they don't have cars.

    i think it's more like "robert's towing can keep the damn car if they like towing it that much; that was just my starter douche canoe!"
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    ^lulzDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorkossmonaut
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2015
     
    tinyhonkshus:Copenhagen at Carlton St (I see this is the same street kossmonaut is talking about) - I thiiiink a regular left is illegal there.


    true, the next "legal" left after st paul is park dr after st marys which sucks more.

    even if you moved over to comm ave,its no left turn from comm to bu bridge.

    if u wanted to do all legal turns id go north on harvard@coolidge, babcock, freeman, amory, dummer, bu bridge
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    ha ha, except that the left to go north on Harvard is illegal - but that is a good back route, I do similar coming south from the bridge. I am in constant awe of how much work & drama went into adding bike lanes to the BU bridge, and after all that, NOTHING was done to make getting onto or off the bridge safer. Total meatgrinder on both ends.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    tinyhonkshus:ha ha, except that the left to go north on Harvard is illegal - but that is a good back route, I do similar coming south from the bridge. I am in constant awe of how much work & drama went into adding bike lanes to the BU bridge, and after all that, NOTHING was done to make getting onto or off the bridge safer. Total meatgrinder on both ends.


    I'd try this route. Relatively low traffic. The light just south of Coolidge @ Charles St isn't bad imho.clockwork ted: this is my favorite thread. sweet BJ alexi!
    • CommentAuthorThreePete
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2015
     
    At Comm Ave. & BU bridge, I usually just play frogger onto Essex's right lane going over BU bridge when I have the red at the intersection.

    tinyhonkshus:ha ha, except that the left to go north on Harvard is illegal - but that is a good back route, I do similar coming south from the bridge. I am in constant awe of how much work & drama went into adding bike lanes to the BU bridge, and after all that, NOTHING was done to make getting onto or off the bridge safer. Total meatgrinder on both ends.


    Umm, I always have a constant fear of getting right hooked as I transition from bridge > roundabout (towards waverly).
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2015
     
    Actual real-life conversation I just had: someone comes over to talk about my filibus at the store, "oh I love Dutch bikes, I spent some time in Holland, but it's a losing proposition here. Just look at the front page of the Globe today!" :/

    Thanks, Globe, for the alarmist fucking headline. I wonder what they'll write when they find out "there were 476 pedestrian fatalities between 2003 and 2012. WalkBoston, an organization that aims to make walking safer and easier in Massachusetts, says that while the region is ranked No. 1, the number of deaths is still unacceptable.

    “Almost 7,000 pedestrians were injured during that same period, and 34 child pedestrians died in Massachusetts from 2003 to 2010,” " link"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    you can lower pedestrian deaths by encouraging walkers to use lights and a helmet.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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    Don't forget flags

    when I googled "pedestrians carry flags" it autosuggested "pedestrians carry weapons" and I was all "yes, that'll do nicely"i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthormike868y
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2015
     
    the current state of belmont st. absolute shit show right now, but will be a dream once it's done.
    • CommentAuthorObo
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2015
     
    HOLEE FUCK

    tinyhonkshus:Don't forget flags

    when I googled "pedestrians carry flags" it autosuggested "pedestrians carry weapons" and I was all "yes, that'll do nicely"
    I ONLY WEAR CAMPY CONDOMS WITH WHITE WRAPS - joeyfresh
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2015 edited
     
    I was in Salt Lake City three years ago and experienced the pedestrian flag hilarity. I really wanted to steal one and mount it to my dog trailer but it didn't look special enough to risk going to Spooky Mormon Hell.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
    • CommentAuthorsmoothness
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2015
     
    pocky:I was in Salt Lake City three years ago and experienced the pedestrian flag hilarity. I really wanted to steal one and mount it to my dog trailer but it didn't look special enough to risk going to Spooky Mormon Hell.


    i bet spooky mormon hell has awesome basketball courts...but all of the hoops are missing nets. and the water fountains only put out soda, and it's flat.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2015
     
    I went to the Slow Roll today. There were 1,374 people and they still corked intersections. I only heard maybe 2 angry beeps."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2015
     

    Someone else's photo, but you get an idea of how ridiculous it was. Bike gridlock for miles."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2015
     
    Wait, what??? Why the hell aren't we all living in Buffalo?!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2015
     
    Whoa. ANDY I PROMISE IM COMING TO VISITWe'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2015
     
    Holy fuck. I had heard it was big but I had no idea it was *this* big. Let me know if you're going next Monday and I'll come out -- it's only like an hour drive.

    JOEYFRESH I CANT WAIT FOR YOU TO COME OUT THIS WAY AGAIN. Remember what happened last time...

    ::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2015
     
    AWW YEAH, let me know if you'll be in town and we'll come out. It was definitely amateur night, a lot of old folks driving in and riding their Walmart bikes, but everyone was so happy. There was a lot more standing in the road talking than riding, I don't know if we would make an effort to be there every week, but it was an experience.

    I also took the bus to my friend's store in Niagara Falls yesterday (40 mile round trip, $4 total), and saw this awesome fucking bike road that goes from the edge of Buffalo all the way there."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2015
     
    That was a look of sheer terror, with me three feet away from an active train rail, one foot from a 1000 foot drop, and the instructions being "You'll have about 5 seconds. Hang over the outside edge of the railing like this and try not to look down into the watery abyss or the train going by at 70mph." (Slight paraphrase.)We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2015
     
    TINSHIFA the fact that the Pokemon would-be-shooters look exactly how I thought the Pokemon would-be-shooters would look.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorsmoothness
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2015 edited
     
    TINSHIFA: went to bike swap, found out my magical button fly had become undone sometime during the events of:

    telling a foreign tourist he couldn't park his RV in front of a hydrant, even though "there was clearly room in for access, no? why are there no walmart parking lots in boston?"

    meeting a nice lady and talking bike stuff with her for half an hour on the sidewalk in front of gather. ended up missing bike swap, while carrying a mixte frame the ENTIRE time.

    seeing sha, who i am pretty sure only remembers me as "short asian guy"

    meeting rando mechanics from cambridge bicycle

    i basically flashed everyone my boxers + weiner the entire night.
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2015
     
    smoothness:i basically flashed everyone my boxers + weiner the entire night.


    Winning!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthorkossmonaut
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2015
     
    rode through vomit in coolidge outside anna's
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2015
     
    i'm going to go mountain biking for the first time tomorrow and i've got no one in this town to come with me, and the roads/trails are blm roads (so not marked on google maps) out in no-cell-phone-zone. would definitely feel better with someone that knew what they were doing...
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2015 edited
     
    I know this doesn't help for tomorrow, but get an amateur radio license and see what repeaters you can hit from the trails out there. You'll be able to receive police and weather frequencies too and in a real emergency, you could transmit on them as well.

    A 4-watt handheld costing a whopping $26 will likely keep you covered out there.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2015
     
    a_lion:i'm going to go mountain biking for the first time tomorrow and i've got no one in this town to come with me, and the roads/trails are blm roads (so not marked on google maps) out in no-cell-phone-zone. would definitely feel better with someone that knew what they were doing...

    What about grizzly bears? Do they have those out there?
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2015
     
    I think pronghorn (similar to an antelope) and maaaybe elk are more likely than bears. I actually haven't heard anything about bears around here. Lots of rattlesnakes, though?

    And, I'll check the radio stuff out pocky, thanks! (haha no exams within 100 miles, of course. we drive 3 hours to get to just about everything from here)
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2015
     
    a_lion:we drive 3 hours to get to just about everything


    wow."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2015
     
    My first month here, 3 of us drove to a town 3 hours away to get watch batteries changed. The girl who had been here longest had 4 dead watches she'd saved up for just such an outing. (We did do other things while we were out - went to some museums, got burgers, etc, but I'm really worried to see how winter, when the highway closes all the dang time, will go.)
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2015
     
    a_lion:i'm going to go mountain biking for the first time tomorrow and i've got no one in this town to come with me, and the roads/trails are blm roads (so not marked on google maps) out in no-cell-phone-zone. would definitely feel better with someone that knew what they were doing...


    Cell phone gps can work without signal. The catch is that you need an app that will also work without downloading stuff. Try maprika or avenza mapping apps (if on iOS) - these basically plot you atop a pre-loaded PDF, so there's no need to download stuff. I do most of my exploration with a tool like this. I also like to keep a paper map as a backup. You can also start strava up without a signal and it'll keep a trail of where you've been (you might not see the actual map tiles though).

    Past that, you can add safety in other ways. Tell a friend where you'll be and when you'll be back, with instructions on what to do if you fail to check in. Pack the tools you need to fix anything on your bike (within reason), more water that you expect to want, and extra food. While you're out there, if you're really adventuring, make cairns/guide markers for yourself. Most importantly, ride within your limits - it's pretty tough to really just yourself on a mtb, but be wary of trails you've never ridden while you're at speed.

    I do my riding alone, in the woods, and out of cell range. It's rewarding and fulfilling, but there is a definite period of getting used to the risk. Just do al you can to mitigate that risk, and you'll be okay.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."