Re: Should it be raining sharrows?
- From: "TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher" <comandante.banana@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 10:50:50 -0700 (PDT)
On May 24, 1:23 pm, "TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher"
We must question this statement rather than endorse it. See what's
"The only problem with sharrows is that there aren’t enough of them.
And there is no reason that the stencils and paint shouldn’t be
deployed to every street in every city. No need for outreach or an
EIR, either. Because sharrows don’t change anything–except awareness.
Sharrows simply reiterate laws regarding the right of cyclists to
occupy the right-hand lane of any street, boulevard, avenue, or road,
and most highways. Laws that have been in effect for over eighty
years. Laws which motorists either ignore or wilfully flout by
crowding and harassing cyclists on the road."
'WHY IT SHOULD BE RAINING SHARROWS' ARTICLE:
So it's been raining sharrows, but not enough to cover maybe .00001%
of the entire road grid. Maybe you can Google sharrows in your area
before you launch your urban adventure and decide it's better to
drive. Maybe after the deluge we could ride anywhere there's a
sharrow, which will mean everywhere. How long will that take? Does
that sound like a program we can do in this decade or by the end of
the century? We must figure out how many thousands of gallons of paint
we need to cover the entire grid. Then you start to question if those
sharrows are necessary at all instead of, say, TAKING THE LANE
It's been raining sharrows in my area, but I'm sort of skeptical of
them. Nobody uses them for one. Maybe it's because they place them in
a blind curve or at the end of "no man's land." Maybe some good-old-
fashioned ENFORCEMENT is needed, but we seem to fall "under the radar"
of the cops who profit by issuing tickets. Maybe we are the problem.
We, cyclists and pedestrians, are slowing down the system. Then we
must start questioning what's wrong with the system. But I don't want
to get too deep today.
The job of the philosopher is just to ask the questions. And the
revolutionary proposes the solutions. But that's only my humble
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NOTICE ALSO THE BICYCLES ARE WAY TOO BIG FOR THE AVERAGE CHINESE. WHY?
MORAL OF THE STORY: MAO'S SOLUTION WAS "ONE SIZE FITS ALL." WRONG!
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These things (Flying Pigeons, Forevers etc) last forever. The chain
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usually on the same set of factory tyres for years. It can carry
another 3 people, a gas bottle, and stack of crude toilet paper, and
dinner in 1 go.
My insignia bike is "Revolutions for the Planet" made by Sun. That's a
Taiwanese company but the actual bike may be made in China. I don't
know how popular bikes are in Taiwan, but they make good quality bikes
and they enjoy Universal Healthcare. Very important, you know. Nobody
should suffer for lack space to ride a bike or lack of healthcare.
They go together like Yin and Yang.
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