From: His Highness the TibetanMonkey, Creator of the Movement of Tantra-Hammock on
A couple of days ago, my good but unintelligent neighbor got mad when
I told him of my campaign to TAKE THE LANE. No way he should be slowed
down when he drives from his job in the boondocks. I think he hates me
now. Probably we would be hated by everyone out there who's been
programmed to drive, never mind the fact they sit for hours in traffic
jams. The fact that ONE MORE BIKE MEANS ONE FEWER CAR escapes their
imagination --if they ever use it. I think they want the cyclists off
the road and on the sidewalk, where they become a problem for
pedestrians.

Anyway I want to go into the science behind it and try to prove that
TAKING THE LANE doesn't slow traffic from the current system in which
the drivers must move somewhat into the next lane not to hit you. This
creates, first of all, a "no man's land" area and a cascading effect
in which he's watching both the cars and the cyclist, where the
cyclist is at risk, and the next car may not even be aware of the
presence of the bike. If the car must exit your lane, however, he
passes in a smooth way --ONLY BEING CONCERNED ABOUT TRAFFIC-- and
leaving the cyclist unaffected and safe.

I understand that asking for mercy and SPACE for those at the bottom
of the food chain --for both cyclists and pedestrians-- is highly
altruistic... but such are the demands of civilization.


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"Evolution OR Revolution --that is the question"

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"WE NEED SPACE TO LIVE, YOU KNOW"

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From: His Highness the TibetanMonkey, Creator of the Movement of Tantra-Hammock on


On Aug 8, 9:01 am, Connie <conrad.gel...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I bicycle all the time, on rural, suburban, and city roads. At no time
> do I take the lane when any alternative exists. Of course there are
> times, short stretches usually, when no space exists to let cars by,
> but then I always speed up as much as possible until the bottleneck is
> passed. Bicycles generally travel at 12-15 mph, while cars go at above
> 25mph in most conditions. It seems selfish and unnecessarily
> provocative to take the lane (especially in caps).

It seems provocative to start making sense out senseless driving.
Nobody will ever change it because that's the way it has been for the
last 50 years. The result is few people dare ride a bike. And the ones
that do, do it on the sidewalk.

Aren't we provoking pedestrians in their turf?

From: His Highness the TibetanMonkey, Creator of the Movement of Tantra-Hammock on
On Aug 8, 11:13 am, Hachiroku ハチロク <Tru...(a)e86.GTS> wrote:
> On Sun, 08 Aug 2010 10:49:21 -0700, His Highness the TibetanMonkey,
> Creator of the Movement of Tantra-Hammock wrote:
>
>
>
> > A couple of days ago, my good but unintelligent neighbor got mad when
> > I told him of my campaign to TAKE THE LANE.
>
> Not a problem. If you TAKE THE LANE like one lame-brain did on a blind
> corner, there will be one less bicyclist on the road as well.

Wrong. When you take the lane you are more visible around blind
curves.

>
> Hey, I ran across a Tercel White Hawk for sale...

I thought they would give them away. ;)

From: His Highness the TibetanMonkey, Creator of the Movement of Tantra-Hammock on
On Aug 8, 12:37 pm, "Mike Painter" <md.pain...(a)sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> His Highness the TibetanMonkey, Creator of the Movement ofTantra-Hammock wrote:
>
> >
>
> > Anyway I want to go into the science behind it and try to prove that
> > TAKING THE LANE doesn't slow traffic from the current system in which
> > the drivers must move somewhat into the next lane not to hit you.
>
> You've answered your own question.
> If the speed limit is 35 and you are doing 15 then you do in fact slow
> traffic.
>
> If there is more than one lane and if you can move into the other lane
> safely then the other lane might not be impeded but teh lane the bike is in
> will always slow traffic.
>
> Living near a college town I see people granting mercy and space all the
> time.
> Many of the people who ride think they are immune from injury, always
> visible and not subject to the laws of traffic or physics.
> In California when riding a bycycle you are considered a vehicle and must
> obey all traffic laws, a rare sight indeed.
>
> My last close one came when I was making a right turn through a yield sign.
> I glanced back to my right before proceeding and saw a bike, on the
> sidewalk, coming at high speed. He crossed the intersection in front of me
> going the wrong way. Had I not stopped he probably would have run into me.

The same thing just happened to me while driving. The cyclist gave me
a scare, but he must have seen me. WHY DON'T THEY BAN CYCLING ON
SIDEWALKS?

What kind of respect do PEDESTRIANS get that don't deserve protection
from cyclists?

Just like in the Animal Kingdom we have a FOOD CHAIN at work.

But nobody has demonstrated to me that drivers are slowed down by
cyclists taking the lane. The drivers must avoid the cyclist and move
away from him, the more the better. WHY AREN'T DRIVERS HONEST AND TELL
US THEY WANT US OUT OF THEIR WAY, AND PASS THE PROBLEM TO THE
POWERLESS PEDESTRIANS?

From: Don Klipstein on
In <8cfa013c-a348-4fe8-892d-9d845b99156c(a)w30g2000yqw.googlegroups.com>,
His Highness TibetanMonkey wrote: (I edit here for space)
>On Aug 8, 12:37 pm, "Mike Painter" <md.pain...(a)sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> His Highness TibetanMonkey wrote:

>The same thing just happened to me while driving. The cyclist gave me
>a scare, but he must have seen me. WHY DON'T THEY BAN CYCLING ON
>SIDEWALKS?
>
>What kind of respect do PEDESTRIANS get that don't deserve protection
>from cyclists?

How about laws that prohibit cycling on sidewalks?

Such as 1 PA law that says that bikes are restricted to bike lanes where
bike lanes are available?

And a 2nd PA law that prohibits cycling on sidewalks in "business
districts"?

How about at least 1 Philadelphia against persons older than 12 years
of age cycling on sidewalks?

I like how I occaisionally see *police officers* cycling in non-
emergency manner on sidewalks where it is illegal to do so.

So, I sometimes ride on sidewalks. And when I do so, I yield to
pedestrians.

Every bike that I ride has a horn and a siren, thanks to my willingness
to use a loud falsetto voice. However, when I am cycling on a sidewalk, I
like to merely request pedestrians to get out of my way. I think that I
have a high rate of doing that well!

And failing that, I do "My Usual" - making my bike a road vehicle
recognized by PA's "vehicle code"!

However, "making nice" goes a long way! And when on a road where
vehicle code enforcement is lacking, "Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you"!

That may explain why truckers in Mexico respect those traveling along
Mexican roads by riding a mule (or a donkey?).

>Just like in the Animal Kingdom we have a FOOD CHAIN at work.
>
>But nobody has demonstrated to me that drivers are slowed down by
>cyclists taking the lane. The drivers must avoid the cyclist and move
>away from him, the more the better. WHY AREN'T DRIVERS HONEST AND TELL
>US THEY WANT US OUT OF THEIR WAY,

I have had some motor vehicle drivers spew such "honest vitriol" against
cyclists...

>AND PASS THE PROBLEM TO THE POWERLESS PEDESTRIANS?

In Philadelphia, pedestrians are close to opposite of powerless. It
appears to me that Philadelphia's "legal culture" favors a jaywalker
having an obvious red light over road users that have a green light.

For that matter, many Philadelphians flout PA law by dropping litter
when a sidewalk-deployed trash can is deployed 6-10 meters ahead of
such "Philadelphian litterbugs".

I sometimes cycle on sidewalks in Philadelphia, though I usually cycle
in the street where "vehicles" belong. When I cycle on sidewalks, I ride
slowly enough to be able to yield to 100% of pedestrians. And I don't
"bully my way through".

- Don Klipstein (don(a)misty.com)