Sunday, May 19, 2013

Louis CK talks about rage behind the wheel

I've had many conversations with cyclist's that in one way or another come down to "why do they hate us?" In that sentence the "they" are automobile drivers and the "us" are cyclists. I think the answer often is that while yes, sometimes cyclists are the targets of rage on the road, we're not uniquely targeted. In the clip above Louis CK explains this quite well in language that may not be safe for your workplace. None of his examples involve cyclists, they all involve minor slights and disproportionate response. As the saying goes, it's funny because it's true.

Now I am not saying that you should go out an ride your bike like a jerk because it doesn't matter what you do. You shouldn't run a red and cause a driver to slam on his brakes because a) it's stupid and b) it's adding to the general level of bad behavior in the world. Tarik Saleh came up with two rules for his bike club and they're good ones:



That "Try not to be an ass" rule is a good one and it's worth putting into practice however you're getting around in the world.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah WA USA

Friday, May 17, 2013

Issaquah's Bike To Work Day

It was a bit damp this morning, but we still had a good turnout for Bike To Work Day here in Issaquah

Scott from Pacific Bicycles was ready with his stand and tools for a bit of on-the-spot commute bike care.

A bunch of happy commuters.

The crew from the city was getting more feedback on ways to make Issaquah a better town for cyclists.

After doing my bit in the morning at the commute station, I rode my bike to work, a change of pace from my daily routine of kick scootering around town. But hey, it is Bike To Work Day!

Hughie and Dillon totally got into the spirit of the day.

Dillon is the Bicycle Center's mascot and greeter. He works Tuesdays thru Saturday.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah, WA USA

Friday, May 10, 2013

Christine talks about Bike Commuting and her Bike.

The City of Issaquah produced this little video where Christine talks about bike commuting and her bike. I have a little bit to say at the beginning and the end, but Christine and her Allant are the stars of the show.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah, WA USA

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

#31stDayofScootering: Scootering Around Lake Sammamish

Yeah, I know, the #30DaysofScootering is over. But it's a beautiful morning that I haven't filled with other commitments so I decide to ride my scooter around Lake Sammamish. I leave home at 6:34 AM.

The paving of the bike trail up to the Sammamish City border is basically done, but the fences are still up so I'm riding on the sidewalk for a bit.

I could ride the bike lane all the way up to Redmond and while it would be smoother and faster, I'm curious to see how my KickPed does on the gravel Lake Sammamish Trail.

The trail surface is small gravel and the KickPed's wide tires do fine in it. I don't get the glide I get on asphalt or concrete but I'm faster on the KickPed than the folks I see walking and running on the trail. The bikers, of course, are faster.

It's a beautiful morning.

The various fences along the trail are a lot prettier when they're overgrown.

Bunnies on the trail.

Fence art.

There's a real nice little park and picnic shelters on the northern part of the trail.

At the Redmond town line, the trail changes from gravel to smooth asphalt.

The Marymoor connector trail cuts across the park.

The view south. Mount Rainier rises in the distance.

The pedestrian bridge over the Sammamish River. If I turned north, I could follow the paved trail up through Woodenville and Bothell, up around the northern end of Lake Washington and ultimately to Seattle on the Burke-Gilman Trail.

I turn back south.

Headed for home now along the western side of Lake Sammamish.

There's a Bike/Ped lane on the west side of the road.

I find an abandoned Razor A5 scooter on the roadside.

I move it to a better spot to take a picture.

I leave the Razor scooter at the Weowna Park Trailhead. I figure that's a better spot for it than dumped right by the busy road. I hope it gets reunited with its owner.

As I near Vasa Park, I'm detoured for road construction.

The detour goes up a huge hill and adds an extra mile to my trip.

At I-90 I connect up with the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

I rode this section a week ago when I scootered home from Seattle.

Today is opening day of the Top Pot Doughnut Shop here in Issaquah!

At 11:12 AM, I'm back home. Google maps tells me I scootered 26 miles today and the clock and calculator tell me that my average speed was 5.82 mph. That seems right, the gravel and the construction detour slowed me down a bit.

If (and this is purely hypothetical mind you) a guy were to think about touring on a kick scooter, he could possibly cover 50 miles in a day. Hypothetically, speaking, of course.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah, WA USA