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Old April 26th 19, 11:56 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Joy Beeson
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When I was an auxilliary fireman, I got into the habit of listening to
a radio scanner so that I'd know when to shut down the computer to
clear the line for an incoming call, then run upstairs and put on
leaving-the-house clothes.

An astounding number of auxiliaries went to fires in indoor clothing,
then complained of freezing.

I never gave up the habit -- I like to know what the road conditions
are, and the maintenance people at Grace let me know whether the
sidewalks are safe.

Last night I heard something rather nice. Some driver wanted the
police to check the welfare of a fellow dressed all in black riding an
unlit bike on a major road.

It's "danger! danger!", but this time it's something that actually is
dangerous. A pleasant change from "to keep you safe, I'm going to tie
you to the railroad track."


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Old April 27th 19, 02:40 AM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Frank Krygowski[_4_]
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On 4/26/2019 6:56 PM, Joy Beeson wrote:

When I was an auxilliary fireman, I got into the habit of listening to
a radio scanner so that I'd know when to shut down the computer to
clear the line for an incoming call, then run upstairs and put on
leaving-the-house clothes.

An astounding number of auxiliaries went to fires in indoor clothing,
then complained of freezing.

I never gave up the habit -- I like to know what the road conditions
are, and the maintenance people at Grace let me know whether the
sidewalks are safe.

Last night I heard something rather nice. Some driver wanted the
police to check the welfare of a fellow dressed all in black riding an
unlit bike on a major road.

It's "danger! danger!", but this time it's something that actually is
dangerous. A pleasant change from "to keep you safe, I'm going to tie
you to the railroad track."


I agree, there certainly are ways that riding can be dangerous. Night
riding with no lights is certainly one, whether the clothing is black or
white. Another is riding facing traffic, especially at night. I've
called local cops about that one.


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Old April 27th 19, 08:46 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
NFN Smith[_2_]
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Frank Krygowski wrote:
I agree, there certainly are ways that riding can be dangerous. Night
riding with no lights is certainly one, whether the clothing is black or
white. Another is riding facing traffic, especially at night. I've
called local cops about that one.



Riding against traffic is my primary annoyance, although I've never
considered calling the cops.

How exactly do you report that one?

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Old April 28th 19, 12:41 AM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Frank Krygowski[_4_]
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On 4/27/2019 3:46 PM, NFN Smith wrote:
Frank Krygowski wrote:
I agree, there certainly are ways that riding can be dangerous. Night
riding with no lights is certainly one, whether the clothing is black
or white. Another is riding facing traffic, especially at night. I've
called local cops about that one.



Riding against traffic is my primary annoyance, although I've never
considered calling the cops.

How exactly do you report that one?


that situation happened like this: I was driving out of town on the main
highway. My wife was with me. It was night, but less than an hour after
sunset. There was still a little light in the western sky.

A woman was riding toward us on the wrong side of the road. As we got
closer, she shifted from the wrong-side gutter to the center of the
highway, probably because I was in my right lane. After I passed, I saw
in my rear view mirror that she had moved back to the gutter.

I pulled over at the first opportunity (within a minute or so) and
called the town cops. I just said she was riding wrong way with no
lights, that it was very dangerous, and I hoped someone would stop her.
The dispatcher said she'd notify a patrolman. I don't know what, if
anything, happened after that. (The bike rider apparently didn't crash
or I'd have heard about it.)


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