> > > I, too, like to be acknowledged - but more so just to be treated with
> > > respect than have my ego puffed; and I like to see where I'm going,
> > > use my headlight on different bikes, and fix flats with a minimum of
> > > hassle.
> > That's the ultimate compliment.
> > However this morning I rode over to the electronics flea market at the
> > local community college and while walking around with my bicycle I
> > received three spontaneous compliments on my lights in just 30 minutes.
> You were walking around with your handlebar-mounted flashlight on??
I think if you read the whole post it was clear that the compliments
were on the installation.
> > This was the Costco/Feit 500 lumen flashlight attached with heat shrink
> > covered conduit clamps. One person asked where I got the clamp, because
> > it doesn't look like a home-brew device (probably due to the fact that
> > it's covered with black heat shrink so it looks more like a clamp used
> > for bicycle accessories).
> > I also ran into (not literally) a co-worker of mine from the 1980's who
> > told me that he had just had an accident with a bicycle a week ago when
> > he turned into a parking lot in front of a bicycle that was going
> > straight, with the usual "I just didn't see him coming up on the side."
> > This highlights why it is so desirable for daytime cyclists to have
> > front strobes, they make the cyclist much more visible. Fortunately the
> > cyclist wasn't injured and my former colleague paid him for a new wheel.
> That sounds like a right hook crash. The proper cure for a right hook
> is not a strobe light, and in fact, a strobe light won't show up when
> a cyclist is in a motorist's _blind_ spot.
Ah, but in reduced ambient lighting it will reflect very noticeably
for a great distance off of all manner of surrounding street signs and
> That cyclist should not have been "coming up on the side"; that is, he
> shouldn't have been passing on the right where there's any likelihood
> that a motorist will turn right, unless he's riding slowly and ready
> for an instantaneous panic stop. Passing on the right is always dicey
> at best, and if done at all, should be done with tremendous care,
> strobe light or not.
"Should" this, "shouldn't" that.
The right hooked bicyclist is not necessarily "passing on the right";
they're JRA and the passing motorist suddenly slows dramatically and
chops off the bicyclist.
That said, it is anticipatable. Right hook crashes are either the
result of blitheness or maybe stubborn, stupid insistence on
> No competent traffic engineer would ever put a straight-through lane
> to the right of a right turn lane. Yet incompetent traffic engineers
> do exactly that with some bike lanes; and cyclists with even less
> competence ride that same way on their own volition.
Bumbling incompetents! (Stop wringing your damn hands.)
The law and cooperative common sense is pretty much universal "as far
right as practicable". "Lanes" have nothing to do with it. There's
no problem whatsoever with riding straight through to the right of a
right turn lane; the problem only arises when riding straight through
to the right of right turning traffic - lanes notwithstanding. People
have to use their heads, navigate, anticipate, and negotiate rather
than expect everything to be layed out and prescribed for them.