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Old March 11th 19, 10:54 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
Zen Cycle
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Default Automatic transmissions considered harmful

On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3:59:11 PM UTC-4, Doug Cimperman wrote:
On 3/8/2019 7:14 PM, Radey Shouman wrote:
Zen Cycle writes:

On Friday, March 8, 2019 at 1:57:25 PM UTC-5, Radey Shouman wrote:
Beautiful day today, a balmy 21F this morning, the robins were singing,
a woodlot full of tapped sugar maples on the way to work.

Riding through the top of a T intersection with a minor road on my
right, they have a stop sign, I see a small car that seems not likely to
even slow, much less stop. Fortunately the oncoming lane is empty, and
I swing out past the yellow line, right alongside the car. Curses
(literally, and loudly, but to no effect, windows are closed). I can
see the driver, a fat girl, looking down at her cell phone in her
gearshift hand, grinning like a fool.


OK, you confused me....

The road on the right had a stop sign, the car was coming from the right?
If the car was coming from the right and didn't stop, wouldn't they
end up running into whatever was on the top of the intersection?


She was turning right, but took a fairly wide turn. The intersection
isn't a right angle, so she had to turn less than 90 degrees.

or you were both traveling on the top of the T, you saw she wasn't
going to stop - you dodged into the oncoming traffic lane, meaning she
was coming from behind you?


She cut in right ahead of me.

I'm having a hard time picturing this whole scenario.


In the US at least--manual transmissions are all about done. The reason
being that a computer-controlled automatic transmission can get better
fuel efficiency than even an expert driver with a manual can.

That said--needing to shift wouldn't prevent the situation. Even
hands-free phones are bad. There's been studies that found that any kind
of distraction that requires interaction (hand-held phone,
hands-free-phone, gps) increases driver error by about the same amount.


I've always said that when you're having a phone conversation in the car, a chunk of your consciousness leaves the car.
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Old March 12th 19, 04:22 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
Radey Shouman
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Default Automatic transmissions considered harmful

Zen Cycle writes:

On Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8:14:20 PM UTC-5, Radey Shouman wrote:
Zen Cycle writes:

On Friday, March 8, 2019 at 1:57:25 PM UTC-5, Radey Shouman wrote:
Beautiful day today, a balmy 21F this morning, the robins were singing,
a woodlot full of tapped sugar maples on the way to work.

Riding through the top of a T intersection with a minor road on my
right, they have a stop sign, I see a small car that seems not likely to
even slow, much less stop. Fortunately the oncoming lane is empty, and
I swing out past the yellow line, right alongside the car. Curses
(literally, and loudly, but to no effect, windows are closed). I can
see the driver, a fat girl, looking down at her cell phone in her
gearshift hand, grinning like a fool.


OK, you confused me....

The road on the right had a stop sign, the car was coming from the right?
If the car was coming from the right and didn't stop, wouldn't they
end up running into whatever was on the top of the intersection?


She was turning right, but took a fairly wide turn. The intersection
isn't a right angle, so she had to turn less than 90 degrees.

or you were both traveling on the top of the T, you saw she wasn't
going to stop - you dodged into the oncoming traffic lane, meaning she
was coming from behind you?


She cut in right ahead of me.



Ah, I get it now, so if you were driving a bus she would have been
road pizza....


Yes. I have become almost used to drivers trying to go straight while
staring at their personal tracking devices. Seeing one execute a turn
without looking was a new disappointment.

In 30 years of bike commuting, I've been hit by cars twice. Both times
it was a driver approaching from the other direction and turning
across the road in front of me. The first time the driver had no
excuse, clear day, light traffic. The second time the driver had the
sun in his eyes and I was partially obscured by a car passing me. He
waited for the car that passed me to pass, then pulled through and
t-boned me, though he did kinda goose it. meh...I'm still here.


I have yet to be hit, would like to keep it that way.
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Old March 12th 19, 06:06 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
Frank Krygowski[_4_]
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Default Automatic transmissions considered harmful

On 3/12/2019 11:22 AM, Radey Shouman wrote:
Zen Cycle writes:

In 30 years of bike commuting, I've been hit by cars twice. Both times
it was a driver approaching from the other direction and turning
across the road in front of me. The first time the driver had no
excuse, clear day, light traffic. The second time the driver had the
sun in his eyes and I was partially obscured by a car passing me. He
waited for the car that passed me to pass, then pulled through and
t-boned me, though he did kinda goose it. meh...I'm still here.


I have yet to be hit, would like to keep it that way.


+1, emphatically.

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- Frank Krygowski
 




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