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Aug
23
comment Which states or countries have stop-sign-as-yield laws for bicyclists (Idaho stop law)?
@BrianCampbell I asked a policeman that question (see this answer).
Aug
22
comment Is my stopping dangerous when Idaho Stop is de facto but not legal?
@DanielRHicks I once posted on Skeptics.SE to reference an old study of motorcycle accidents. It said that it was usually the driver's fault (e.g. the driver not seeing the motorcycle and turning across their right of way) however that the motorcyclist often contributed somehow (e.g. not wearing goggles and so squinting into the wind, travelling fast, no headlight on in the day time, no evasive manoeuvre nor even putting their brakes on etc.): i.e. I'm not surprised if it's often the driver's fault with a cyclist, even so a cyclist might be able to avoid that (e.g. by looking for eye contact).
Aug
22
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Aug
21
comment Is my stopping dangerous when Idaho Stop is de facto but not legal?
FYI that's the letter of the law in Ontario where I learned to drive: "... if the operation of any other vehicle may be affected by the movement shall give a signal plainly visible to the driver or operator of the other vehicle ...".
Aug
21
comment Is my stopping dangerous when Idaho Stop is de facto but not legal?
do you brake-signal at stop signs and lights On a city street, yes: unless I know there's nothing behind me; just as I also signal when changing lanes or turning a corner.
Aug
21
comment Is my stopping dangerous when Idaho Stop is de facto but not legal?
@FredtheMagicWonderDog I answered a question about this on Skeptics.SE ... I think the reason it's safer is because it encourages commuters to change the route they choose and to cycle through residential areas which have lots of stops signs, instead of expecting them to take the main roads which have fewer stops. Residential areas have many stop signs to discourage through traffic, but they're relatively safe for bicycles.
Aug
21
comment Is my stopping dangerous when Idaho Stop is de facto but not legal?
@DavidRicherby I try to signal before I brake and before I turn. 1) stop pedalling 2) use one hand to drop the hand and show the palm of my hand to what's behind me, as if I were saying "shoo! off my tail!" 3) put the hand back on the bars and begin to brake. In an emergency brake you need both hands, but in a non-emergency you have time to signal before you alter direction or slow down, and a signal is safer than none (assuming you're a strong enough cyclist to cycle with one hand for a few seconds, which you ought to be in order to signal lane changes and turns).
Aug
21
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Aug
21
comment Is my stopping dangerous when Idaho Stop is de facto but not legal?
@rumtscho If you think your experience is relevant to the question then you should post it as an answer where people can vote on it.
Aug
21
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Aug
21
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Jul
22
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
Where (e.g. indoors or out) do you have a good wipe down using the towels?
Jul
22
answered Always cycling in highest gear, why?
Jul
22
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
@MR04 Rain will dry off (i.e. evaporate/disappear) when you get indoors. It's only dirt that's sprayed up from the road (if you don't have mudguards/fenders) that would cause you to need a "shower to clean myself off".
Jul
22
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
Don't you find there's always a head-wind when you're cycling? That's what helps to keep you cool in summer. :) Another clue is that those yellow flowers are daffodils, so it's the first of spring. Anyway it matches what you were saying: those cyclists aren't racing.
Jul
22
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
I commuted in Toronto: "above freezing" is pleasant by definition. :) I assume they (in Holland) are dressed that way because they're cycling at a leisurely speed.
Jul
22
comment How to commute to work on your bike and dress up
The people in that photo are over-dressed for cycling quickly. Those are yellow flowers in the grass: so presumably it's warm enough (i.e. above freezing) that they could be wearing shorts and no jacket if they want to cycle quickly.