On 2018-02-12 10:45, sms wrote:
On 2/12/2018 9:42 AM, Joerg wrote:
On 2018-02-12 07:56, sms wrote:
The key to getting more people out on bicycles is to promote equipment
that allows them to ride to work or school in normal clothes, and
provide routes that make the ride practical.
Amen! Many people do not understand this and that includes a lot here
in the NG.
Because it is mostly enthusiasts in the NG. We need to understand how
normal people think sic.
If we want to foster cycling in general then we sure have to. And soon
because just a few years from now almost everyone interested in cycling
will lean towards electric bikes. Which are essentially a mopeds without
A bicycle boulevard without a bicycle lane? What is a bicycle
It is heavily traffic-calmed. There are few stop signs (stop signs are
on the cross streets. It is well marked. It goes all the way from
outlying residential neighborhoods to schools and to downtown. It is
very heavily used. Some people think that bicycle lanes are the only
infrastructure that will get people onto bikes for transportational
cycling but that's not true. People will ride on quiet streets as well.
Yes, they generally will.
The bicycle boulevards aren't suitable for fast recreational rides.
You're not going to find many riders going faster than 15 MPH (unless
they're on an electric bicycle).
That's ok as long as you can go faster without endangering others. When
I am down in the flatlands the speedometer is usually between 17mph and
Those three others are unfortunately typical, sounds like our village :-(
The others were not bad people (well not all of them) they just were not
interested in cycling, except in theory. I am pretty lucky that right
now we have four out of five council people that are pretty supportive
of bicycling, even if we disagree on other major issues. We have a
chance to make that five out of five this November.
Keeping my fingers crossed.
I have been trying to get a bicycle light giveaway going, even though
most riders could afford lights they don't get them. Especially bad is
students riding to school in the early morning when it's dark.
Won't help much. I dread going through Davis with my car but sometimes
had to because of carrying a heavy load. At night cyclists dart around
willy-nilly. Traffic rules? Red lights? Phhht, that ain't meanin'
nuthin'. Many have rear lights and they are mostly either off or are
very dim and have depleted alkalines in them that have been leaking
I think that the key is USB rechargeable. People have become accustomed
to plugging in their devices at night, phones, tablets, cars, laptops,
Having to detach the light every night is cumbersome. If it can be
charged while mounted that would be ok. That is what I do right now for
the large central batteries on the road bike and the MTB except it's a
coaxial-style connector. When I get home I plug in the bike. It's part
of the routine just like it is with owners of electric vehicles. Would
be nice if all electricity is concentrated in one place though so you
don't have to run several cables per bike (I have multiple rear lights
and a bike-mounted MP3 player).
Removable lights are impractical in another sense as well. You can't
park the bike unattended without dataching and schlepping all that
stuff. Else you might come back to a safely locked bike but all those
accessories are gone. That's real fun at night.
Regarding those 18650 battery packs I have to say that is one of the
(very few) areas where bicycles can outshine cars. I just had my 2nd car
battery fail within the warranty period but the bike batteries keep
going like the Energizer bunny. Ok, they are modern Li-Ion technology
while the cars have ye olde lead-acid batteries.